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qmase_proud
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So on Friday night and the wee hours of the morning on Saturday, I had sex without protection. He pulled out but I know that's not worth mentioning because it's not effective and I was too caught up in the moment to really check. On Monday afternoon, I took NextChoice and got really bad diarrhea. And Monday night, I had unprotected sex again. I know better and I know that I should invest in condoms.

I'm just wondering how does the pill work? How long does it stay in my system? What does it "do" in my system? Do I take it every time I have unprotected sex? (Just wondering because I took it Monday afternoon and had sex like 2am on Tuesday) Why did I get diarrhea? (I took Plan B like a year ago and never had that side effect). Also how do I time having sex with my menstrual cycle so that pregnancy is least likely?

I'd really appreciate any advice and knowledge you have on the matter. Thank you!!

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Heather
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Hey there. [Smile]

So, given the questions you're asking, sounds like you haven't started with the information we have on site about emergency contraception.

Why don't you start by reading through this, and then we can take it from there if you've still questions?

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

Also, am I understanding you;'re asking about how to use natural family planning as a birth control method? If so, have you had very regular periods for a couple years now?

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Corinna:

Thank you for the info, it was really helpful! Although, I am still unsure whether I should purchase and take another dosage. It's approaching the 56 hour mark and I don't want to be sick if it's unnecessary. (I have to move around a lot at work).

Also, I didn't see anything regarding Nextchoice vs. Plan B. Is it safe to assume that they work the same way?

Re: natural family planning. I haven't really paid attention to my cycle. It usually is regular from exercising but last year, I started smoking a lot and it really threw my cycle off, but I am not smoking anymore and it seems to be regular. But I guess what your saying is that if my periods are regular, then there is a way to calculate when I'm not ovulating. Right?

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Heather
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They do work the same way: they're just different brands.

And yep: if your cycles aren't regular, then you really can't chart and get information that can tell you much of anything. But you could certainly start charting (your cervical mucus and basal temperature) daily, do that for a few months, and see if it's regular enough to give you patterns.

You know, given you took the EC the same day you had that second incident of unprotected sex, personally, I don't see that a second dose is likely to do anything the first one didn't. But it's truly up to you.

Suffice it to say, moving forward, sounds like at the very least, it's time to make sure you and yours both always have condoms on hand to use, okay?

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I wholly agree. I mean I am doing the calculations here and I don't know if really great sex is worth the $42.39 and panic about my uterus and decision making habits, every time.

Thank you so much for the advice and literature. I will definitely start charting.

Have a good day!

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Sure thing, and love your sig quote! [Smile]

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