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aj2234
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I am trying to ascertain whether or not taking the Morning After Pill is the right choice for me. I know that I can take it even if I'm only slightly worried, but I just want confirmation, as I'm a bit shy of money right now. To preface this, I have IBS. So, largely in the mornings, I occasionally have loose bowel motions, which can occur for consecutive mornings. I have been told (by a gastroentrologist) that this should not compromise the effects of the pill. However, I have been a bit worse as of late, which is why I'm wondering if the Morning After Pill is the way to go.

On Tuesday, I had condom-less sex. While my boyfriend did pull out, we are uncertain of whether or not a small amount of semen managed to pass without his knowledge. We did not worry at the time because I am on the pill. On Thursday, at around 2pm, I had a quite loose (almost liquid) bowel movement. Given the time this occurred, it did not worry me, especially since I had no other problems. However, today (Friday), I started to feel upset in the stomach at around 6:30pm. I went to the bathroom to relieve myself at around 7:15pm, and had a small, loose bowel movement (though, it was not liquid-like, like the previous day). This alleviated my stomach pain to some extent. I then took my pill at my normal time of 8pm without any trouble. However, at around 11pm, I started to feel ill again. I went to bed at 11:30pm and tried to ignore it, but after tossing and turning and still feeling quite ill, I eventually went to the bathroom at 12:45pm and had another loose bowel motion. It wasn't liquid-like, nor did it contain undigested food, but it was still quite loose.

I am just wondering if these symptoms (particularly the last bowel motion) warrant me getting the M.A.P. I don't know if it is a necessary precaution because of the time elapsed between me making the pill and the last loose bowel motion. Just in case it helps, I am still in the second row of pills and have never missed a pill before.

Thank you for reading my very long post. Your help would be much appreciated!

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Just as an aside - I realise I may have posted this in the wrong thread, as it's a relatively time-sensitive issue due to Saturday being day four after last having sex, so my apologies for not putting it in the Emergency/Time-Sensitive thread.
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Since you've talked to a doctor about this before and they've given you feedback, you could always check with them to see if your current situation impacts the effectiveness.
But what it sounds like from what you're saying here is that you take your pill at 8 pm and didn't have any issues with loose stool for several hours afterwards, correct? It doesn't take very long for the pill to be absorbed into your system so it doesn't sound like there's a reason to pick up the MAP.

Using condoms as well might help keep you from having these worries when you are dealing with IBS issues, but it doesn't sound like this situation is cause for concern. Double-checking with your doctor might be a good idea though, just to be sure.

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You had condomless sex on Tuesday and think that your pill may have been compromised on Thursday? In that case, I'm not seeing a need for emergency contraception here, as if the pill is compromised, it's only a concern from that point moving forwards, not for previous days.

As you're concerned about this, I'd suggest using another method as well - like condoms - until you can check again with a healthcare provider that your pill should still be effective, even with worsening symptoms. If it's something that continues to concern you, it might be worth considering if there's another main method that would suit you to swap to.

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Thank you both for your responses. I was mainly concerned because, while I didn't go to the bathroom until 12:45am, I was feeling ill since 11pm and didn't know if that implicated anything. Redskies, with regards to the separation between the days, I checked my pill packet information and it says that if you have had unprotected sex in the seven days leading up to a missed pill, you may be at risk.
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Actually, on a double-check, that information about the pill seems to be with reference to missing multiple pills instead of one. In that case, my only concern is whether the pill would have had time to absorb in my system before the bowel movement.
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For final word on that, your doctor would be your best bet, but if your GI specialist has already told you not to worry, then it sounds like you're just fine. It doesn't take that long for the pill to dissolved & be absorbed, it's a small pill and not coated.
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Actually, on a double-check, that information about the pill seems to be with reference to missing multiple pills instead of one. In that case, my only concern is whether the pill would have had time to absorb in my system before the bowel movement and whether feeling ill and holding off on going to the bathroom could affect it.
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Okay, thank you very much for that. It's a nice relief to know I don't have to rush to get E.C. Sorry about double posting - I was sending the replies via my phone and they weren't processing.
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Okay, thank you very much for that. It's a nice relief to know I don't have to rush to get E.C. Sorry about double posting - I was sending the replies via my phone and they weren't processing.
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No worries, it happens! Glad you're feeling better about this.

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