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Meanie
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Hi.
I've been married and sexullay active for two years. I used BC pills for a year and then changed to condoms because i suffered depression and decreased sex drive from using bc pills.

Last night for the first time ever my husband and i used the pull out method. We had sex for a long time and he withdrew a short while prior to ejaculating. Yesterday was day 13 of my menstrual cycle so i guess i was ovulating.

Is there a chance i could get pregnant since pre-cum contains semen? Im considering taking the morning after pill but am hesitant due to the possible side effects of the hormones on my body. But if i had to choose between getting pregnant or dealing with the sidebeffects i would choise to take the pill and deal with the side effects.

Thanx for your help.

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Robin Lee
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Hi Meanie,

Here is some information about the withdrawal method, including it's effectiveness rate.

Withdrawal

It's really not possible to say whether you've ovulated unless you have been charting your basal body temperature and cervical mucus every day for several months.

It's really up to you, based on the level of risk and your comfort with that level, whether you take emergency contraception. Here is some information on plan B to help you make that decision.

Emergency Contraception (Plan B or the Morning-After-Pill)

It might help to know that emergency contraception contains only one hormone, a form of progesterone, rather than progesterone and estrogen as many daily birth control pills. Plus, E.C. is one dose, not pills taken on a daily basis. So, your reaction to taking emergency contraception may not be the same as that which you had to daily birth control.

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Meanie
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Dear Robin,
Thank you for your promt response- it is greatly appreciated.

I read the links you posted and i understand the pros and cons. But i just want your opinion on what you think i should do in my situation. Last night's pull out method was just a one time thing (i dont intend on using it as a form of birth control) and i really dont want to get pregnant right now. Should i take the morning after pill?

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Hi Meanie,

This really isn't a decision I can make for you.

As you read, the withdrawal method is has been found to be 96% effective when used properly. If your partner withdrew well before ejaculation, then you practiced withdrawal effectively.

Are you comfortable with that level of risk?

If you are not comfortable with that level of risk, you would then want to get emergency contraception and take it as soon as possible.

If you are comfortable with that level of risk, you would want to test for pregnancy in a couple of weeks' time if you did not get your period before then.

Is there any other information you feel like you need in order to help you with this decision?

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Meanie
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Thank you for your help, you gave me sufficient information. I decided to take the emergency contraception just to put my mind at ease. I dont want to worry for two weeks.

Thanks again for your help Robin [Smile]

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You're very welcome.

It sounds like you're going to go back to using condoms. If you'd like to talk about other birth control methods, we'd be happy to do that with you.

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