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pantas25
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Okay, so brief history here. I was on Yaz for about a year but was so horrible about taking it regularly (which led to a lot of messy spotting, etc) that I asked my doctor to switch to NuvaRing, which I was on for about three months. In that time, my boyfriend and I began having sex, using condoms for backup (STDs aren't a concern, we were both virgins). I took out the Ring frequently (a few hours about five nights a week) as it made sex kind of painful. This ALSO led to a lot of spotting. So this last week I began using Lybrel, and I've become more committed to taking it at the same time now that we're sexually active. However, I don't feel totally protected by either of my hormonal options since I took out the Ring so often, and it takes at least one week/one month for a new birth control to be effective.

Anyways my question is: Last night, we got caught up in the "heat of the moment" and went back for round two (well...round four) without using a new condom. The condom itself didn't break, but what are the chances some semen slipped out? I think I may have ovulated two days ago (I felt the telltale ovarian pain, but I guess it could have been cysts? Who knows with how irregular I've been with my medication) and I'm a little freaked out. [Confused]

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Karybu
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Even with typical use, condoms combined with the pill are almost 99% effective. With perfect use, they're over 99.9% effective. It's likely you're closer to typical use, given that you've just started a new hormonal birth control and used the condom twice, but that still means your risk of pregnancy is low. If you'd like to take EC, you still have plenty of time for that (although if that's what you choose you'll want to get it soon) but given that EC is only about 90% effective with perfect use, it's unlikely to increase your protection level by very much.

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