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mossyzinc
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Last Saturday (4/12), I had protected sex with my boyfriend and he finished inside. The condom didn't break or slip, but a few hours later, I realized that he'd left that condom in his (hot) car for the past few days, which I know is a huge no-no. I immediately ran to a pharmacy for a consultation and the pharmacist told me that, as long as the condom stayed intact, I should be fine. BF also insisted that he had kept it in a "cool place" in his hot car.

However, the paranoia was real, so I ended up taking Plan B on Monday anyway (about 50 hours later). It's been about four days and I'm experiencing the regular side effects -- nausea, bloating, hunger, and above all, exhaustion. (No cramps or breast tenderness or spotting, though. Yet.)

I've never been on any form of hormonal contraception before, so my body's clearly unhappy with me, but I'm still worried out of my mind. See, I've had irregular periods ever since I started menstruating almost 7 years ago, so it's usually impossible for me to know when I'm ovulating. My last cycle started in the middle of March, the one before that was at the beginning of February, the one before that was at the end of December, and before that, I skipped FOUR MONTHS due to stress.

I guess what I need right now is objective advice regarding if I'm just torturing myself by imagining the consequences of pregnancy even after I used a condom and took EC. One of my more "experienced" friends has been telling me to take deep breaths and calm down, but it's hard. Also, if anyone could give me an accurate rundown about the likelihood of "microtears" in condoms, that would be great.

Thanks! (This turned out a lot longer than I expected. Sorry.)

[ 04-18-2014, 11:23 AM: Message edited by: mossyzinc ]

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Welcome to Scarleteen, mossyzinc!

Microtears in condoms are not a thing. When a condom is damaged (such as from being exposed to extreme temperatures), it will break. And when a condom breaks, you'll notice.

So, if the condom you used did not break, that means that you lucked out and the condom did its job.

However, in the future, you can save yourself the worry and just make sure to always have condoms at hand that have been stored properly and are well away from the expiration date.

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Thanks for the quick response (and sorry for my late one)!

Today, it's been 5 days since I took EC and I just noticed some light-pink spotting when I wiped after going to the bathroom. Like I said, my cycles are really irregular, but I was expecting to have a period within the next week or so.

This is normal, right?

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Yep: spotting and irregular bleeding are a very common side effect of taking EC.

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I just wanted to post an update regarding what's happened since I asked this question. I got my "Plan B period" 5 days after taking EC; it was a lighter flow than usual, but was a normal length (4-5 days) and arrived around the time that my normal period should have come. Today, 23 days after the original risk, I finally bought and took a HPT that turned out negative. I've got another test that I'll probably take in a few days just to make extra sure, but for now, I think I can safely assume that I'm NOT pregnant.

Thanks for everything. I'll definitely be more careful in the future.

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You are so welcome! Glad t hear you're feeling better. [Smile]

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