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arva12
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i have been on ortho-tri cyclen for two years now. I started my period last week, took the placebo pills, and my period ended on Monday. As per my usual routine and the birth control instructions, I already started taking the active pills on Sunday, the day before. On Monday, my boyfriend of over a year and I were having sex. The condom broke, and he finished inside of me. Should I be worried - considering my period had just ended, I never miss any birth control pills, but occasionally I take a pill 1-2 hours late? Should I consider emergency contraception, just in case? i hadn't been taking active pills during my period, but had started an active pill the day before the incident, and took an active pill on Monday as well.
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Heather
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There is nothing Plan B can do that your pill is not only already doing, but does more effectively.

As well, birth control pills are effective even during the placebo week: so long as you take your pills properly during a cycle, and into the next, you have the same protection during the placebo week as during weeks when you are taking a daily active pill.

So, you already have a backup for condoms: your pill. The only thing to have to deal with, then, around this break is the increased STI risks.

We are also happy to troubleshoot condom use with you, if you like, to figure out why your condom broke and help prevent that from happening again. [Smile]

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arva12
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Oh great! thank you so much. neither of us have STIs, I was just concerned because I know that although the risk of pregnancy with birth control is very low, there is still a risk. I'm glad to hear that EC is less effective than the pill - i was afraid of having to take it because i really didnt want all of those extra hormones in my body.
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Heather
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And you really do want to always be very conservative with synthetic hormones, for sure.

If someone is not already using a hormonal or other highly-effective method, or is, but made mistakes with it, like missing pills, then using EC is sound.

But in a case like yours, there just isn't anything for it to do your pill is not already doing. [Smile]

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Thanks so much! [Smile]
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