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i start taking my birth control pills on sundays, ending on saturdays. i started a new pack of pills this sunday. the catch is, i might have forgotten to take the last pill of my pack (two saturdays ago). i really do not remember if i took the pill or not (this is because i have been taking my pills in a sort of unorganized manner - i started a new package near the end of my pill-taking, meaning that i've been taking pills from 2 different packs).

just to be safe, i took 2 pills on sunday when i started the new pack. on monday, i had sex two times, about three and a half hours apart. i did not use any backup method. my boyfriend pulled out both times- i was really paranoid, so i made him pull out after one or two minutes (coming about 10-15 minutes later, nowhere near my vagina). i'm still afraid that there might have been sperm in his pre-cum, and that i might have been ovulating (if i had last taken my pill on friday, i could start ovulating 8 days after, or last saturday, correct?).

should i take emergency contraception just to be safe?

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For a quick clarification, why were you taking two packs? Was it an attempt to shorten the placebo week/eliminate it altogether?

You have nothing to worry about as long as you have gone no greater than 7 days without pills/hormones and took 21 active pills prior. If you accidentally extended the placebo week by more than 7 days by either missing pills directly before the break or by starting the pack late, you must consider your protection compromised and use a backup method.

If this is the case, you'll want to call your pharmacist and ask about EC as well as inquire how long it will take for effectiveness to resume. You'll need to do that in either case to find out how to catch up; missed pills AREN'T effectively made up a week later (especially in the next cycle altogether!), so in the future you'll always want to call and ask before tampering with the pill-taking schedule in an attempt to make up pills that goes contrary to the directions. [Smile]

[ 10-10-2007, 01:59 AM: Message edited by: *Lauren* ]

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i accidentally opened the blister pack of some pills that i had yet to take (ie, when opening the packaging of a 'monday' pill, i accidentally opened both the m onday and tuesday pills at the same time). i kept the pills in the pack, but was worried that they might have become ineffective (if the packaging above the pills was slightly opened,perhaps they would become exposed to more heat and not work as well, etc)

with 2 pills left in the unfinished pack (the 2 pills whose packaging/wrapping i had accidentally opened), i started a new pack of pills. i started this pack on tuesday. i checked the pack of unfinished pills, and saw that there is now only 1 pill left instead of 2, which leads me to believe that i could have taken that pill on saturday. i even remember taking my pack of pills (the newer pack) out of my bathroom (which is where i keep them) on saturday and returning them (presumably after taking a pill?). there is an incision made over the saturday pill (the one which i am unsure of having taken), as if i was about to take it, but did not. i'm a very conscientious pill-taker (have never missed one before), and it is not in my nature to miss a pill, but i truly do not remember if i took a pill or not on saturday.

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"i started this pack on a tuesday"

* i started this pack on the tuesday of my last week of pills

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Okay, thanks for clarifying. [Smile]

If you're unsure of whether you took it or not, you'd probably do best to give your doctor or pharmacist a call in the morning and ask the risk of compromised protection by accidentally taking an 8 day break versus 7.

In MOST situations, it does not present a very substantial risk, especially in your case, since a incidence of intercourse with pre-ejaculate only presents a low to moderate risk of pregnancy. I'm of the opinion emergency contraception is not warranted, especially if there's a very good chance you did take that pill.

We're not qualified medical providers, however, so please do call to confirm with your own, especially since the EC window is small. [Smile]

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