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amiraamira
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Hi there! I'm new here, so I hope I'm posting this in the right place.

I'm on a Beyaz (which is a combo pill) and I usually use a condom as backup protection. Last night, I'm worried that the condom might have overflowed a little bit as some semen had worked itself up the sides. I also, uh, checked to see if any was on me after I finished cleaning up everything, so now I'm also worried that there may have been some on my hands.

My question is, is my birth control (with pretty typical use) enough to keep me safe here, or should I go for emergency contraception? The latest I've ever taken a pill is around 7 hours off, and lately it's been more like 1-5 hours off, if anything. So I' haven't always been taking them at the exact same time, but I've never missed a whole extra 24 hrs or anything.

I'm just a little shaken since I'm not used to having problems with backup condoms.

Sorry if this is a silly question! Thank you for your help!

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Heather
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Hi there. [Smile]

Ultimately, between the condom -- which, if put on properly really can't overflow, what people think is semen in these cases is usually a small amount of lube all whipped up which looks a lot like semen -- and your pill, there's really nothing else for Plan B to do those two things haven't already done.

So, it's really up to you, but I'd say using it would be more about appeasing or quieting your worries than about doing anything to prevent pregnancy your pill isn't already doing, and more effectively, no less.

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amiraamira
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Alright, thank you!

And sorry to keep pestering, but for future worries, is taking the pill a few hours late fine?

Also, I don't think I left enough room at the tip of the condom and that's why went up the sides...when I pulled it off it dripped and that usually doesn't happen when it's all in the tip of the condom...xx

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Heather
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No worries.

With the combined pill, you want to aim to take them around the same time of day, because it's harder to forget, basically. But you have a 12-hour window, every day, to take them before they are late.

So, yes, that's fine and shouldn't impact a pill's effectiveness.

And I gotcha with the condom then: without room left in the tip it'll usually burst, but that can happen, too.

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Thank you very much for clearing that up!

So basically, I've (almost surely) been taking my pills well enough to prevent ovulation/implantation, and therefore, Plan B would have nothing to prevent, right?

I really appreciate your help!

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That's pretty much it, yep. [Smile]

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Thank you so very much, you are an angel!
Have a lovely night [Smile]

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You're very welcome, you too. [Smile]

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