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sands02
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I am 22 years old and recently started having sex with my new boyfriend. I just started my first pack of Ortho Tri Cyclen 15 or 16 days ago, and I started right in the middle of my cycle rather than doing the Sunday start method (I just finished up my period a day or two ago). I haven't missed any pills for this pack, though I have taken a couple of them a few hours late (I think it was about 2 hours late and 4 hours late, respectively. I've been on and off bc pills for a few years though I haven't been sexually active in a long time, and am trying hard to get back into the habit of taking them at the same time). Anyway, my boyfriend and I have been using condoms as a backup method each time we've had sex, but last night I noticed that the condom we used had split at the tip. My boyfriend didn't orgasm while we were having sex, but even then I'm concerned that I am at a higher risk of pregnancy because I started the pack during the middle of my cycle and haven't yet completed all of my active pills (not to mention the 2 late pills...). So my question is this - would it be appropriate for me to go to the pharmacy and get the morning after pill? Am I really at an increased risk of pregnancy, or am I being paranoid? I know that the replis on this forum may take a while, so i plan to purchase the pill but I might hold off on taking it until later in the day. I'd ask my friends for advice, but I don't think they'd have the same level of expertise as people on this site might. Thanks a lot for your time.

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Your risk sounds pretty minimal here, but because you did not do a Sunday start with your pills it's a full month for full protection. It certainly won't hurt to take Emergency Contraception.

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Okay, thanks again for your response. If I were to take the emergency contraception, do you know if I would be able to continue taking my regular birth control pills as like I normally would afterward, or would that routine have to change?
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No, continue to take your pills as normal, trying to keep at the same time each day.

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