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rosea*1
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Hi,
I have a history of PCOS and had taken oral contraceptive pills like Diane 35, and metformin tablets (glyciphase SR 500) in the past for its treatment, though for last three-four months I am not on any of these and having my periods regularly. Is taking an emergency contraceptive pill (i pill for example)safe? I also have hypothyroidism and take 25 micrograms of thyroxin.
Also, if unprotected sex happened on the 6th day from the start of my cycle, and my usual cycle is about 30 days, how is the chance of a pregnancy?

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With an existing health condition, you really want to ask the doctor you see for your PCOS.

It *should* be safe (especially since you already have been okayed for other contraceptive pills), but since it sounds like you are being treated for that condition, I'd just call in to double-check.

Just knowing the number of days in your cycle doesn't actually give me sound information about when you may be most or least fertile. To tell you that, you'd have to be someone who could share daily charting of cervical mucus and/or basal temperatures you've done for at least a few months.

But, if you are not using any method of contraception and has intercourse without any method, then you most likely have had a risk of pregnancy, no matter where you are in your cycle.

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Thanks Heather !
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hi ... i am 21 yr old girl married. i had a sex with my husband i took ecp pill 2 tablets after 20 mins of sex ... so i wanted to know by taking the pill on time there r still chances to be pragnant andi am having lower abdomen pain as well after taking pills? thanks waiting for ur answer?
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Hi there, hp1.

Emeregency contraception, like every other kinds of contraception, is not 100% effective, so yes, there is still a chance of becoming pregnant.

However, it is very small: it is 98% when taken in the first 24 hours after sex, so while that risk is still there, it's about as small a risk as it gets.

You can look at the information sheet for the ECP to see the possible side effects: you'll note one of them listed is nausea, so no, that symptom isn't unusual.

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so what else i should do not to be pragnant ?? give me some idea?
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and kindly tell me can i do pragnancy strip test idid sex on 7 june friday?
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is bleeding and spotting necessary after taking pills? because i am not having any spotting and bleeding and my mensus cycle will start at the end of the month so is it necessary to bleed ?
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Do you mean what can you do to prevent pregnancy from this risk? Or do you want to know what you can do in the future to prevent pregnancy?

You can take a pregnancy 14 days after your risk or after your next expected period is late, which ever comes first.

Bleeding and spotting can be a side effect of plan B but its happening (or not happening) is not sign that it has worked or not.

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yup i mean what can i do to prevent pregnancy ?
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yup i mean what can i do to prevent pregnancy ?and abdomial pain is due to pills?
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I'm still not 100% sure which version of the question you would like me to answer so, just so all your concerns are met I'll answer both. [Smile]

At this point there is nothing more you can do about the risk you already had other than wait it out and take a test when the time comes.

Going forward you have lots of options though. I'm not sure where you're located, and what your access to healthcare is like but here are a couple of articles to start you off.

The first one goes through different types of birth control and is meant to help you find one that will suite you best. The second is a quick list of effectiveness ratings for individual and paired use of different birth control methods.

http://www.scarleteen.com/article/sexuality/birth_control_bingo

http://www.scarleteen.com/article/reproduction/the_buddy_system_effectiveness_rates_for_backing_up_your_birth_control_with_a_s

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okay thank u soo much .. [Smile]
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Abominable pain might be related to taking the plan b and is listed as a side effect of the medication. It could also be from something else entirely, there's no way to know for sure. If it is severe or doesn't go away I'd check with a doctor.
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Emeregency contraception, like every other kinds of contraception, is not 100% effective, so yes, there is still a chance of becoming pregnant.You can take a pregnancy 14 days after your risk or after your next expected period is late, which ever comes first. Going forward you have lots of options though. I'm not sure where you're located, and what your access to healthcare is like but here are a couple of articles to start you off.
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