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Hi- I have a quick question concerning Plan B.

I have been taking an oral contraceptive for about 4 years now. I've never missed a pill, but I am occasionally late in taking them. By late, I mean I normally take them around 9am, give or take an hour, and sometimes I wake up late or forget to take them until noon or 1. However, I've never been more than 5 hours late in taking them. (My usual routine is to take them when I wake up, which depending on the day could be either 8am or 10am.)

Around 4am this morning (Sunday), I had unprotected sex (ie. sex without a condom). He withdrew, but I don't really trust that. My question is whether or not I should take Plan B. Does taking the pill within a 3 or 4 hour window impact the effectiveness of the pill? Should I trust that my pill is protecting me, or do I need Plan B? Also, I know that taking Plan B along with an oral contraceptive would add a lot of hormones to my body. Would this also affect my pill cycle? I'm supposed to start the placebo pills week a from Tuesday. However, I don't think I really want to wait two weeks to take any action, or to discover that I should have. Can I still expect my period on time even with the additional hormones Plan B would add?

I'm not extremely worried about this risk, but I understand that any sexual activity involves risks. The point of the pill is to protect against pregnancy, with or without a condom, but I am concerned about if the effectiveness was compromised by late pills.

Thanks so much for any advice you can offer. [Smile]

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As far as I can tell, you've not actually taken any pills late: a pill is not considered late until it's been 12 or more hours since your pill time. If you always take the pill upon getting up in the morning, you're doing just fine.

I don't see a reason for Plan B here.

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So I should be fully protected from my pill alone, correct? Would taking Plan B provide any additional protection? Or would it just add unnecessary hormones to my body?

Thanks so much!

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Plan B isn't necessary here, and won't really add anything to your level of protection. If it gives you some peace of mind to take it, then that's fine, but it isn't needed.

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