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colelee
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Hello.

I've been on the pill Kariva for two months, and only within the last week have i been having unprotected sex with my boyfriend. This is the week I start on the sugar pills...and I am patiently waiting to see if birth control *really* works. Ha. I am rather consistent with my pills (always within an hour or two of the when i am supposed to take them....the nurse at the clinic says that's ok). But, since I haven't had unprotected sex before I'm a bit nervous.

Unfortunitly, I am leaving in 10 days to study in London for a semester, so if I am pregnant, that is too early for me to get an abortion stateside. Now, the question is - can a US citizen get an abortion (like the abortion pill?) in the United Kingdom? I would assume so. But if anyone could give me a solid answer, plus some information about abortion in the UK plus how you obtain one, i would greatly appriciate it.

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dailicious
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I'm fairly certain those services would be available to you, if you were to need them.

But you're REALLY jumping the gun here, hon. Hormonal birth control, when taken properly as you report to be taking it, is incredibly effective. It would be HIGHLY unlikely that you could become pregnant.

Also, just as a reminder, as you're only on the second month of your pills, your body could still be regulating to the hormones which means you could still experience some wonkiness with them (like taking awhile to start your withdrawl bleed, or skipping it entirely during this placebo week, or receiving it as mid-cycle bleeding during your next pack of pills).

A pregnancy test is accurate as early as 10-14 days after your last pregnancy risk, so you always have the option of taking one if you do not receive your withdrawl bleed.

But, again, like I said, you becoming pregnant would be HIGHLY unlikely.

So, until you're holding a positive pregnancy test in your hand - let's hold off on discussing procedures of obtaining an abortion, okay hon?

On a second note, however, have both you and your partner BOTH had full STI, negative STI screenings before you started habing sex without condoms? If not, STI screenings are going to be something you're going to want to look into first.

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colelee
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Oh, yeah. We got screened. I'm twenty years old, and he's the first person I've slept with, so a lot of thought and research went into begininning to have sex. I just wanted to be informed just *in case* something happened. It's just one of those things that was going through my head, and I wanted to be informed in case i did have to deal with it. Because it does seem that people get pregnant on birth control all the time, although I assume they just don't use it appropriately. But, thank you for the response.
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dailicious
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Yep, you're right, the people who become pregnant while using a form of birth control are almost always the ones who don't use it correctly every single time. Rare occurances certainly can happen, but they are definitely very rare.

Big kudos on being sure to do all of the thought and research to safer sex before becoming sexually active! [Smile]

And again, if it were ever to come up that you were pregnant and needed to look into getting an abortion, we'd be more than willing to help you then.

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