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Cari
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Any sort of advice would be extremely helpful.

I'm on my second month of ortho tricyclen lo. I've not skipped a pill and I generally take it at 10:30/11 give or take a few nights that I'm out with friends. I always take it well within the 6 hour window. Tonight my boyfriend and I had sex, but he never ejaculated inside me (we didn't use a condom). I know that precum is always an issue, but from another website, http://ec.princeton.edu/ The EC website, they say that
"The chance of pregnancy is probably extremely low. Three small studies found no motile sperm in preejaculatory fluid, but that is all the evidence there is. However, HIV can be detected in preejaculatory fluid."

During my first month of tricyclen we had done the same thing a few times with no pregnancy following. I realize that it is a lot like Russian roulette. Should I be concerned?

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Your risk of pregnancy is low; much more significant in this case is the risk of STI transmission. If you and your boyfriend are not up to date with your screenings, you'll want to get on that.

For future reference, just a couple of things: it's not guaranteed that pre-ejaculate will not contain sperm, and it's always best to work on the assumption that it does, and practice safer sex. As well, there's generally a 2-3 hour window in which you can take your pill and have it still be considered on time - not 6 hours. If you're finding it difficult to take it at the same time every day, you may want to look into another method such as the ring or patch that doesn't need to be remembered every day.

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Just to clarfiy- the time in which you take your birth control is more technically a three hour window in either direction. Just to avoid confusion, you only have about three hours later than when you took your pill the night before at the latest to take your pill to still consider yourself fully covered. (So, if you took it at 10:30 one night, you wouldn't want to take it any later than 1:30, and even then it's best to take it as soon as possible)

When you're taking hormonal birth control correctly, pre-ejaculate OR ejaculate are really not issues as far as pregnancy. Your risk isn't either increased if he ejaculates inside of you, or decreased if he doesn't.

Pre-ejaculate CAN contain sperm, and again, it's always better safe than sorry, which is why protection should always be used. But again, taking hormonal birth control correctly is highly effective in preventing pregnancy.

Having sex without condoms, however, still presents STI risks for both you and your partner. Had both of you received full STI screenings BEFORE starting to engage in sexual activity without the use of condoms?

(Mindmeld, I'm followig karybu around tonight it seems!)

[ 08-14-2006, 02:09 AM: Message edited by: dailicious ]

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Cari
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We are both comepletely and positively STI free. I wouldn't have done it otherwise.

I receive my BC through a teen clinic and when I attended the required class before they explained that there was a 6 hour window. They never said anything about on either side though...

Should I look into the ECP?

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What have your pill taking habits been like recently? If they have been really sporadic recently, it may not be a bad idea to check with a clinic.

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Cari
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Not sporadic. The worst I've done is like 1 AM rather than 11 PM.

I suppose I could drive to the clinic tomorrow and get an opinion.

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If you've never been later than 1 am, I actually wouldn't sweat it. Since EC is essentially just a very large dose of hormonal birth control, it's actually probably LESS effective on its own than your birth control has been, so taking it wouldn't really have a point.

I'd just recomend from now on that you try and work out being a bit more exact with your pill taking schedule. Are you able to take your pill pack with you in a bag or purse? That way if you're out with friends you can still take it at the same time.

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Cari
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Yup. I always carry it in my purse. I usually have an alarm set on my cell phone to alert me, but lately it hasn't been going off and I won't notice till an hour or so later. I'm defiantely going to work at becoming more exact or look into antoher method.
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