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Alice Preston
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I recently, like yesterday had unprotected sex with my boyfriend. We've always had unprotected sex. It's just this time we witnessed some cum still coming out when he pulled it out. It's been about 14 hours and I'm probably receiving the Plan B pill in a couple of hours. How effective is this pill? and how do you know if it's working or not? I really can't and don't want to get pregnant. Are there some other ways that can help? Also, can this affect your period dates? if so, how long will it be delayed for?
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Hi Alice! We have an article about the emergency contraceptive that tells you how effective it is, and what kind of things to expect when you take it:
Emergency Contraception (Plan B or the Morning-After-Pill)

Yes, emergency contraceptive can often effect your period. It can delay it, make the flow different from usual, cause spotting, or perhaps make it come early. So if your period is wonky after taking it, that's no reason to worry.

Do you use any kind of birth control? If you really cannot have a pregnancy right now, I really advise against having unprotected sex. There's just no way to ensure that you won't get pregnant that way; even using forms of birth control, there can never be a guarantee that something won't go wrong. So if you really can't afford to risk having a pregnancy, intercourse is something that should probably be taken off the table, but ESPECIALLY if it's unprotected. If you aren't on any kind of birth control but want to know more about what forms may work for you, you can check out this article:
Birth Control Bingo!

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Alice Preston
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So there isn't an actual way to know if you're pregnant until you get your period

My parents don't know that I have sex and I don't know how they would take it if I wanted to take birth control

I'd also like to get tested for STDs but I don't have any money

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Redskies
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If you really don't want to become pregnant, perhaps discussing contraception with your parents might be a better option than having intercourse without it? Condoms are likely to be accessible to you and are very effective at reducing the risks of pregnancy and STI transmission. We're happy to talk with you about how to bring it up with your parents, or how to access contraception, or taking intercourse off the table.

There are very likely places where you can get low-cost or no-cost reproductive healthcare, including STI testing. Would you like some help in getting that healthcare?

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Alice Preston
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Yes, I wouldn't like to get pregnant at this moment so birth control sounds like a great idea. I just need to somehow convince my parents to let me take them.

Yes, please

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Karybu
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If you want to let us know your general location we can help you find somewhere to get healthcare. You might also try our Help Near You database to see if anyone has added any listings for reproductive healthcare providers in your area: http://www.scarleteen.com/find_a_doc

One thing to remember is that condoms are cheap, effective and don't require a prescription (or talking to your parents). They're also the only method of birth control that protects against STIs as well as pregnancy. So, even if you get another method eventually, condoms are something you can start using now, and we always recommend that you keep using them in addition to whatever other method you choose.

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Alice Preston
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My parents are putting me on birth control, they just decided that they don't want me to get pregnant so I guess that was easy.
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Karybu
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How are you feeling about that decision?

[ 06-26-2014, 06:17 AM: Message edited by: Karybu ]

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Alice Preston
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It makes me less paranoid about getting pregnant
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Redskies
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Less paranoid sounds good [Smile]

Are you feeling good about choosing a method? Feeling like you can have the right method for you, one that you feel confident about using properly and confident about it reducing your pregnancy risk?

Also, you said above that you wanted STI testing: is that something your parents or doctor are helping you access, too, or is that something you'd still like our help with?

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