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OceanCrowned
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Hello!
This is a little bit embarassing because I posted just a few days ago fully confident that I wouldn't 'slip up'.

I started BC on Tuesday, the twenty-seventh. It was the sixth day of my period. Yesterday my boyfriend and I engaged in sexual activity, we started with a condom, but it didn't work very well and we eventually took it off. There was genital to genital contract and penetration, and he did ejaculate, although not inside of me. I know that "pulling out" is not a form of birth control in any way, but it's just something to note.

Now, I've read that if you start BC while on your period, it starts working 'immediately'. (But I have listened and everybody here has been saying it takes a month) Also, given where I am in my cycle, what are my risks? I have EC at the ready but I loathe to take anything so body-altering.

Any advice? Thanks a lot!

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Usually, the info packets that come with the pill advise you wait a week before you rely on it fully. We tend to advise to wait a month, just to be on the safe side, because every body reacts differently to the hormones.

So, if you started on Tuesday, you've been on the pill less than a week, so it really hasn't been long enough by any standard. You should consider your birth control compromised. He may not have ejaculated inside you, but there's always pre-cum, so you've had a pregnancy risk.

EC won't cause any lasting harm. It's not something one should use as a regular method of birth control, but it's fine to use in emergency situations such as this one. I advise you take EC.

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OceanCrowned
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Thanks very much, I'll do that [Smile]
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OceanCrowned
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Sorry for the doublepost, quick question. I still take my BC at the same time today, right? On top of the EC?
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Karybu
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Yep, continue taking your BC as you normally would.

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