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-arsyn-
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hopefully scarleteen can save me once again....

in the past week i've been taking my birth control pill (Desogen) really sporadically. sometimes more than 10 hours late. last night i missed another one, and had unprotected sex this morning. [not my idea..]

i haven't taken this pill that i've missed yet because i read that you can take Desogen as an emergency contraceptive, but no intructions are clear on what exactly i need to do.

do i take the one i've missed, THEN however many i need to take for EC? how many do i take?

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LilBlueSmurf
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According to this site, Desogen is not a birth control pill that can be used as EC. At least it's not listed.

You can call your doctors office or pharmacist to find out if it can be used as EC and how many/when you should take it.

If you don't want to be having unprotected sex don't do it. Stand up for yourself. While your partner should care about the concequences you face re: pregnancy, he either doesn't or doesn't understand them. You need to explain this to him. If he still pressures you for unsafe sex? I'd ditch him, real fast.

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thank you for the reply.

this website--
http://www.drugs.com/cons/Desogen.html#GXX01

makes it sound like you can use it for that, but after reading it more carefully it sounds like they might be talking about something else.. i don't know. i took two; i'll just have to take two more in 12 hours and hope it works. i think it's too late to take Plan B now that i've taken these two pills already.

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Heather
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It's not too late for EC for you, as your risk was only this morning. taking something else that isn't EC doesn't make taking actual EC an impossibility.

I've just double-checked a sound EC reference for you, and Desogen is not listed as for use for EC there either. So, I would suggest going and obtaining Plan B.

Don't take two more of your BCPs. It's of no use to you: get EC.

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well i was thinking it would make me sick because these pills contain one of the hormones EC has in it.
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Heather
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Generally, EC doesn't exactly make you feel hunky-dory, period.

But being pregnant, no matter what you do with a pregnancy, is going to make you feel sick, too.

But EC should not be a danger to you because of your BCPs. You may feel more nauseated than someone taking EC who has not also taken BCPs, and may have stronger side effects, but nothing dangerous.

Ultimately, if you do not wish to become pregnant, I'd advise you to get EC. If you have questions about if it's okay for you to take, you can call your doctor who prescribed your BCPs (who you'll likely need to call to get an EC scrip anyway) or ask your pharmacist.

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