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blond ambition
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No one ansewered my posts and its really important to me. I need to know before its too late. I decided to just go ahead and try to find a clinic in my area and ask them whether or not the emergency contraceptive is nessasary...however i dont know where it is. Ive looked online at the health clincs in my area, but there are so many diffrent ones i dont know which one i am suppose to call, or go to. I live in Hanford...can anyone help me out?...
Or if any one can answer my last posts id really appreciate it.

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LilBlueSmurf
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It's important to be patient and wait for answers ... before making three posts on the same topic, in two different forums. I understand this is an issue for you, but this site is run on a volunteer basis ... Meaning we're doing this out of the goodness of our hearts. Patience is a virtue

Now onto your question ... I think you and your boyfriend are right to be worried about it. I've heard that the pill can take anywhere from 1 to 3 months to take affect. My suggestion to you now would be to get to a clinic for emergency contraception.

You can find a planned parenthood near you here


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Just to reinforce what Smurf said...

We generally recommend waiting at least one full month before counting on your birth control pills (or longer). While some pill inserts may say one week, it's always best to be safe and give yourself at least a month. Some people's bodies will adapt to the hormones faster than others will. Additionally, sometimes starting the pill can cause nausea or vomiting or other side effects that might jepordize its effectiveness.

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Gumdrop Girl
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One thing, though. The clinician might decide since you are already on the pill, that you should not be prescribed emergency contraception. In that case, the concern would be that EC hormones would be redundant, or even interfere, with your regular pills. I had this problem once -- i just started on the Pill (two days), and the condom failed. The nurse did prescribe EC for me, but would not have if I had been on the Pill longer than that. Anyway, your best bet is to see the doctor, nurse practitioner, or clinician and go with what he/she decides will work for you.

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quote:
Originally posted by blond ambition:
I live in Hanford.

Not the most precise locator, you know. The US is a pretty big place! There are seven incorporated towns and townships named Hanford in the United States, but one of them happens to be in California. And, as if by magic, I just happen to be reasonably familiar with that area.

So, assuming you live in the one in California, you've got a few options. If you cannot find anything in Hanford (which wouldn't be too surprising, really), try Lemoore and go enjoy life with the Navy brats out there. If this fails you, hitch a ride on down to Corcoran, or east to Tulare. If this fails you, go into Visalia. Remember the old adage, "When all else fails, try Visalia." It's like the Magic Kingdom, but with more manure.

So best of luck to you, tiger. You've been given some good advice on what course to take, and hopefully (if you're a CA resident!) this will give you some advise on which direction to head in. Take care!

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blond ambition
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you were quite right...i know there is an actual clinic or maybe even two in my town, that all the teens go to fo help with this stuff, and everythings free, but looking up health clinincs showed so many options i had no idea which one was the one to call or go to...
would this fall under "emergency medicine", along with surgeries, dietary and other primary cares, or "just primary cares"... And i know where my mothers gyno place is and where i got the pills, but i donno if i could go in there and ask the lady at the front desk if she knows anything about emergency contreception...hopefully i will get in contact with a friend tomorrow for some help. How long after can it be taken?, this incident happened sunday night and it is now tuesday morning..
thanxs for all the advice.

[This message has been edited by blond ambition (edited 12-10-2002).]


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You have a 72 hour window or three days in which to take emergency contraception. The sooner you take it the more likely it is to be effective.
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blond ambition
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I went to the doctor alone today on a completly unrelated subject, and while i was there i asked the assistant where the health clinic i could go to was. She gave me the adress and phone number, however i still didnt find it, and when i called they just directed me to a women, and i got her answering machine. So now i dont know what to do.
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-Jill
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Now you do exactly as BruinDan suggested. Also try http://www.plannedparenthood.org/ZIP.HTM to find the nearest Planned Parenthood.
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blond ambition
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Thanx for all your help...
I finally got in touch with the clinic and they told me to come in tomorow morning somewhere around 8 to 10 for emergency contreceptive...
i will just have to come up with an exuse as to why i need the car, and hope i can find the right building.
Thanxs again

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