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somethingvague
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my boyfriend and i were putting his condom on and realized it was backwards. it was the only one we had so we flipped it around and used it as it seemed nothing was on it. it was kimono brand with spermicide. that was about 29 hours ago, do you think i should take EC anyway?
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lemming
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Yes, you have had a pregnancy risk. You know this. Go for it and get the EC if you do not wish to become pregnant.

(FYI: in future, lay off the spermicide; the amount that's on a condom isn't enough to kill anywhere near the amount of sperm in an ejaculation, and the stuff is pretty harsh - it irritates a lot of people, and it can make you more susceptible to STD transmission. All in all, not worth it.)

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i was wary of going for it today because i hear you can really only take it once. the only place around here where i can get it is probably a hospital ER. any idea how much it'll cost me?
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lemming
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What do you mean, you can really only take it once? EC doesn't become less effective each time you take it or anything like that, so don't worry about that - it's just not a good idea to be relying on it as birth control, because it's a hefty dose of hormones and can make you feel bad/disrupt your cycle.

The sooner you take EC the better the chance that it will work.

You can get EC at a dr's office, a clinic/Planned Parenthood, or a hospital/emergency room. It'll probably be somewhere from $20-40 if you're in the US, depending on whether you have insurance and whether you use it, and where you go. PP usually has sliding scale for services.

See this for more on EC: Emergency Contraception . You can call 1-800-NOT-2-LATE for a place near you to get EC.

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thank you much! actually, yeah, i had heard from someone that it becomes less effective every time (or that it's not effective at all most of the time), so i was kinda nervous.
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