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Leabug
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Hi everyone,

I was just wondering, after reading so many posts where girls panic and take EC when there really was no sex risk in the first place... does taking EC unnecessarily have any health risks?

I've never had to take it myself, but my sister has, and worried about whether it would harm her.

Thanks! (and sorry if this has been talked about at length somewhere else [Razz] )

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The brand of EC now widespread (PlanB) has been approved by the FDA as safe for use in females aged 14 and up. There don't seem to be any long-term hamrful effects, since they are, in essence, just larger doses of the progesterone found in birth control pills.

However, it's also not made to be used as a primary method of birth control, and taking it often could really mess up a woman's cycle. But a dose here and there? No worries. [Smile]

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Thanks for the quick response, Miss Lauren!

(hahaha, and I just noticed I wrote "sex risk" in my original post... I totally meant "pregnancy risk")

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