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gmhomey123
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Hi, so this is my first time posting and i have a two part question:

1) Firstly, I am taking levlen ED pill and I take it like clock work. It was good for the first 10 months I took it, but now for the past 5 months I have been getting symptoms that I had before going on the pill eg (heavy periods again, increased breast tenderness, ovulation sympotms)... does that mean its not working and should I ask my doctor to put me on a high dosage pill? Can the pill just stop working? * also as far as those 5 months go I took pregnancy tests and weren't pregnant so it is completely random... :/

2) I was with my boyfriend and I had just gotten back from overseas and was pretty sketchy with my pill taking (I never missed one and took them all within a two hour time frame). Anyway I was on the 9th day in my active pills and I was touching him through his underpants and felt alot of precum on my fingers. I think it was atleast a 15 min time period later and i think i may have touched the outside of my vagina accidentally. So i freaked out because I already have concerns with the effectiveness of my existing pill and my recent lack of discipline in taking it so I went to the pharmacy and took plan B within an hour of the incident. I have read your information and am just checking that I have got it right and I am low risk?

thanks sorry I know im anxious i just want to check the facts with you and then I will move on and just wait until my period hopefully. I would really appreciate your answers [Smile]

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Welcome to Scarleteen, GM!

No, the pill does not just stop working. If you are taking it as directed, it will do what it should. However, it is possible to start experiencing side effects you did not experience before, so if they are bothering you, you can certainly talk to your gynecologist about trying a different brand.

As for your second question, this article should help you assess your pregnancy risk: Can I Get Pregnant, or Get or Pass On an STI From That?

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Johanna
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gmhomey123
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Thanks for answering my questions.

But just to clarify I looked at the article and am a little bit confused. Manual sex has no pregnancy risk apparently - but does that account for the sharing of fluids (eg precum)? Because it says Semen or Fluid sharing is high risk regarding pregnancy (but is that only for direct contact) ?

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Robin Lee
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hi gmhomey123,


When we're talking about pregnancy, yes, there needs to be direct contact in order for there to be a risk. If there were exceptions to manual sex being no risk we would have mentioned those in the article. [Smile]

Does that help?

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gmhomey123
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perfect!

Cheers for the timely reply [Smile] it has been very helpful - wish I didn't take plan B after all that was probably a waste of $40 [Razz]

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Robin Lee
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Well, now you know for next time.


Also, taking your daily birth control within a two-hour window is still considered taking it properly. [Smile]

So, not only was Plan B not needed because of the sexual activity not posing a risk, but it wasn't needed as you were indeed taking your pill properly and plan B does the same thing as daily birth control.

No harm, no foul, though. [Razz]
As the link joey gave you does say, sharing fluids does pose STI transmission risks. Are you and your boyfriend both up-to-date on your STI testing?

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gmhomey123
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Thanks for all the help [Smile]

Yeah I take STI risks very seriously, i refused to sleep with him unless we both got tested prior [Smile]

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Sounds like you're set, then.

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