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taxxy28
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Hello! I'd just like some information regarding my scare. I've been on birth control pill for four years. I take my pill on the dot at 3:45PM every day.

Yesterday, Saturday, I absolutely forgot to take my pill. I had unprotected sex where he came inside me at 1:00AM early Sunday morning. Thirty minutes later, I remembered I had forgot my pill and took it immediately, around 1:30AM, and thus I took it 10 hours late.

Approximately thirty minutes after that, I took a Next Choice One-Dose pill.

Since I had taken my pill ten hours late, and since he had come inside BEFORE I took the late birth control pill, what am I looking at here in terms of risk?

Thank you so very much.

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Also, if this helps, I started my placebo pills on Wednesday, Oct 10. My actual period started on Saturday, Oct 13.

I started taking the next pack of pills on Wednesday, Oct 17, and my period ended pretty much on that day as well. I don't know if this matches my ovulation cycle, but just providing as much information as I can.

I've also been reading reviews on the effectiveness of Next Choice One-Dose and they have been generally negative. This isn't good.

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Hi taxxy28,

There is no increased risk here. With combination birth control pills (that is, pills that contain more than one hormone) you have a grace period of twelve hours, so while it's more ideal to take the pill within three hours of your usual pill time, taking that pill when you did was still safe. Having intercourse before you took the pill doesn't increase the risk either.

So, taking the emergency contraception wasn't necessary, but it doesn't hurt anything. You may find that you have some side effects from the extra hormones, such as spotting between withdrawal bleeds (what the period is called when someone is on hormonal birth control) but again, you didn't do anything harmful.

You mentioned ovulation cycles. The primary function of the birth control pill is to prevent ovulation, so talking about ovulation cycles doesn't apply here. [Smile]

Does this help?

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Thank you. Did taking the EC decrease the risk or did nothing?

I'm taking a generic form of Tri-Cyclen Ortho, that is a combination pill correct?

Also, when would be the very earliest I could take a pregnancy test and it would be accurate? I have a long waiting time ahead of me since I just started a new pack. Would a blood test produce more accurate results sooner?

You're saying there's absolutely no increased risk in this situation? Other than the normal risk with using only birth control pills and coming inside with no condom?

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Ideally you want to wait two weeks to test, you can test as early as 10 days but sometimes you wont get as accurate results as you do at the 14 day point.

And yep, there's no increased risk here. If EC helped at all it would be very little, as there's not much for it to do in this case.

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Thank you, just one more question to ease a troubled mind. Since my pill is Trinessa, and it's considered a "low dose" birth control pill, I've read the grace period is shorter compared to other BC pills. Your thought?
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Where have you read this?

There's no distinction between pill brands besides the distinction between combination (estrogen and progesterone) and mini (progesterone only) pills.

Here's some more information on pill-taking.

Three questions about taking the birth control pill (and plenty of answers)

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Thank you for all your help and information!
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You're most welcome.

Just to check in, since you and your partner aren't using condoms, are you up to date on your STI testing?

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No but we have been in a monogamous marriage for four years.
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Just wanted to check....

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Thank you for everything! I'm really hoping I am still covered even though I took the pill outside that 3-window period
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You really should be. No contraception is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy but I'm really not hearing anything here that's a concern. [Smile]

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