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samfoxwu
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Just a quick question—

If I consider myself a perfect pill user, is there ever a real reason for me to take plan B?

Because if I am a perfect pill user, I have like a 97-99% chance that I won't get pregnant and those are good odds, right?

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samfoxwu
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Because taking Plan B is just indicating that I don't trust the pill to do its job, especially in a low risk situation.
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Robin Lee
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If you take your pill every day at the same time of day, then yes, you can expect that the pill is doing it's job. As you have said, this isn't 100% protection, but it's pretty close. Plus, Plan B does the same things as the daily birth control pill does (only in a different time frame) so it's likely that taking Plan B wouldn't offer any more protection.

If you did want to increase your birth control coverage, you could add another birth control method, such as condoms.

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Onionpie
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If you are not comfortable with the risk that is presented by using the pill alone, you can always use a secondary method of contraception to make you extra-safe [Smile]

Here's more on that:
The Buddy System: Effectiveness Rates for Backing Up Your Birth Control With a Second Method


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samfoxwu
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Right—well I'm a perfect user in an STI free relationship and we had anal sex yesterday. He did not ejaculate inside of me, but I believe there was some ejaculate on the area—not directly on the vulva. I went to the bathroom after we finished and cleaned myself off so that nothing was moving between the anus and the vulva. I know this genital to genital activity presents a low risk but I also know in my head that I am covered by my pill so I shouldn't be worried and shouldn't take Plan B.

I am just kind of talking out my paranoia I guess.

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Onionpie
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I'd just like to check in with you about whether this kind of sex was something you were 100% comfortable with the risks involved/felt ready for doing? Often we find when users have such anxiety around sex, they're doing things that they aren't comfortable with. So if sex is causing you a lot of anxiety, it would probably be best to take all sexual activity off the table until you feel 100% comfortable with any of the risks involved.

May I ask if you're getting any sort of counselling or therapy? If you're finding you have a lot of anxiety, in general or just around sex, then therapy/counselling could be really helpful for you.

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samfoxwu
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I was totally fine with it and I trust him a lot. I was ready to do it. I wouldn't call it a lot of anxiety—just a little bit. I just need a confirmation of what I'm thinking—I can't really talk to anyone about it, so I just came here because I know you all know what you're talking about and would let me know the real facts of the situation.


I have had counseling before but I'm not in any sort of counseling right now. I will probably start up once I get back to college, with a counselor I have there, but as of right now I am not. I actually have an anxiety disorder, so this anxiety isn't really reserved to just sex.

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