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Hey all,

The only reason this is an "emergency" is due to the time frame in which emergency contraception will work, so a quick response would be awesome and really appreciated!

Anyway, last night I had sex with my boyfriend. I have been taking the birth control pill Loestrin 24 Fe for a 10 days (perfect use, it was a Thursday start after my period) and he wore a condom. However, there was some kind of malfunction and the condom tore, he did not pull out, and I'm nearly positive he ejaculated in me some. So my question is, would taking Plan B be necessary as I am already taking a birth control pill? And would it be wise to take Plan B within the next three days? Like would such an overload of hormones be harmful to my body?
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This is a bit of a tough one. Most brands of the birth control pill claim to offer full protection within a week after you start taking it. However, how the body reacts to hormones is pretty individual, and it can take some women a little bit longer before they are fully protected. This is why, here at Scarleteen, we always recommend waiting one full month before relying on the pill.

So what does that mean? Chances are, you're fully protected and don't need to worry about a pregnancy risk. But there's no way of knowing for sure.

If you feel okay with that small risk, then you do not need to take EC. Since your first withdrawal bleed may be late, you may want to take a pregnancy test in 10-14 days, just to be sure.

If you absolutely do not want to become pregnant, then you might want to consider taking EC.

Taking EC on top of hormonal birth control is not harmful, but it may increase your chance of experiencing side-effects.

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