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Hi guys, I need clarification on a couple of things. First of all, I have been on tri sprintec for about five months now and have never had a late/missed pill until this week. I missed Tuesdays pill and took it Wednesday six hours after I normally take my Wednesday pill, so I took them both at the same time. I had sex without a condom last night, using withdrawal. My first question is, am I at a high or substantial risk for pregnancy and do I need to take an emergency pill? This was the first time i have had sex in the month Secondly, I was the the GYN last week and I had to go on flucananzole for a yeast infection. She told me point blank that it would not affect birth controls effectiveness. However, your site has it listed as a medication that affects birth control. I am receiving conflicting info and am worried that my BC didn't work at all for the sex I had last night!

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Robin Lee
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HI LittleFlowers,

Well, you did use a secondary birth control method--withdrawal. If you and your partner used it effectively--that is, he withdrew well before ejaculation--then you can consider that you did use a back-up method and you don't have a substantially higher risk of pregnancy.

Generally, one missed pill isn't known to substantially lower the contraceptive effectiveness.

I'm not sure what to tell you about the conflicting information you've received. We know that some medications can interact with birth control, though we don't always know how they interact, so our suggestions to use a back-up method (which again, you did) are sometimes more precautionary than anything.

Pharmacists usually have the most up-to-date information on drug interactions. You could give one a call and ask for a third opinion. [Smile]

Here's some more information about withdrawal so you can evaluate for yourself if you used it effectively:


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