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Member # 96113
posted 08-27-2012 07:37 AM
I'm really in need of advice and have nobody to talk to about this.
Last night I had sex with my boyfriend. We used a condom and everything was as normal except I noticed I was a lot wetter than normal during sex. After he had finished, he went to pull out of me and felt for the condom but it wasn't there. So he pulled out and we realized it was inside me. I had to feel around a little and as it was so slippery it took me 2 or 3 attempts to grab it and pull it out. When I saw it I noticed it was very long, like it had been stretched or something. There was a normal amount of cum still in the tip. As we didn't want to risk anything, I took the Levonelle One Step morning after pill about 1hr after the incident. I am now concerned because I was day 14 of my cycle which would mean I am almost certainly fertile/ovulating. I have read an article online saying that the Levonelle One Step I took isn't effective during your most fertile days. There is nothing mentioned about this on their website or in the information provided. Realistically, is there much of a chance I could be pregnant because of this accident? I am not on any form of contraception, we solely rely on condoms which have worked fine until this happened. Please help as it's really affecting me. Many thanks. [ 08-27-2012, 07:39 AM: Message edited by: umbrella123 ]
Member # 3
posted 08-27-2012 11:20 AM
Not everyone ovulates on day 14: some people do, others on day 11, others on day 16, and so on. Just like not everyone has a 28-day menstrual cycle.
Do you chart your fertility, and is that YOUR most typical day of ovulation? If you don't do that and have that information about yourself, then I'd not concern yourself with you ovulating. Also, the MAP can absolutely be effective when people are ovulating. There are no days or times of the cycle specifically when it has been found to be totally ineffective. Really, you had a condom failure, which of course, presents a pregnancy risk. But you used Plan B immediately and properly, so all there is to do now, I'm afraid, is wait this out.
Member # 96113
posted 08-27-2012 12:24 PM
Thank you so much for your reply. I don't chart my fertility. I have always had irregular periods but the past three months my cycle has been regular at 29/30 days. Is it safe to assume I have a very low risk of pregnancy, since I took MAP so soon after the incident? Also, does the fact there was cum inside and no rips in the condom lower my chances of pregnancy at all? I imagine the cum would need to have slid down to the base of the condom to pose any real threat? Also, I read the Scarleteen Emergency Contraception article. Am I right in thinking that I would still be within the 'typical use' rate of condom success? So that taking MAP too would give me around a 99.7% chance of protection against pregnancy? Kind regards.
Member # 3
posted 08-27-2012 12:45 PM
Knowing when we ovulate is about knowing more than just when we menstruate. To have an accurate idea about our fertility and when we ovulate, we have to chart cervical mucus, basal temperature os both daily for some time, and have the education to interpret that charting. So, in this case, I'd just walk away from ovulation fears, because who knows when you were ovulating.
The MAP is anywhere from 75% - 98% effective depending on how soon it's taken, so you can see that given when you used it, you potentially had a lot of protection from pregnancy: potentially just as much as if you hadn't had a condom failure at all. I'd not call a condom slipping off typical use: if a condom wasn't on during ejaculation, we need to consider that a condom failure.
Member # 96113
posted 08-27-2012 12:51 PM
Thanks again for your reply, Heather.
I found the following paragraph a bit confusing, which is why I thought I could consider it as typical use: 'If you didn't use a method properly (for instance, you have missed some pills or only put a condom on halfway through intercourse) or that method failed (like a condom breaking or slipping off), look at the rate for typical use. Looking at these rates may help you figure out if and when Plan B will or won't likely make a big difference' I thought that the condom was on during ejaculation, as when we pulled it out after there was a normal amount of cum in the tip. Would this not lower my chances of pregnancy? Sorry for so many questions. Last time I took MAP, I had no period for 6 weeks and I know I'll be chewing this all over in my head if I don't ask. Kind regards.
Member # 3
posted 08-27-2012 12:55 PM
Typical and effective use rates are figured for one full year of use.
In this case, we're trying to look at if a method likely failed or not in a single use. And a condom being off during ejaculation is effectively that condom not being used at all when it all comes down to it. IF it slipped but the outer edge was still outside your vagina, that's a different situation then if it was inside. But once ejaculation is inside your body, it's inside. Don't say any of this to freak you out on purpose, just trying to be accurate.