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cutie2626
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everytime my friend has sex she freaks out ( even tho she uses a condom) and takes plan b. shes must of taken it about 5 or 6 times within 9 months or so. how bad is this for her health and what possible effects can occur from her doing this

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Hey cutie,

It's very kind of you to care for your friend so much, and I'm sorry to hear she's been freaking out so much. (Also, I'm sorry you had to wait so long on a reply here!)

I'm glad to see she's been (always?) using a condom because it's, hands down, the absolute best way to protect oneself against pregnancy AND STIs.

While condoms are extremely effective, there is the very small percentage of a chance that they could fail even when used perfectly. However, if it doesn't break, she should really be fine and not NEED emergency contraception. A better alternative would be to back up her birth control by using a method like condom and something like birth control pills or one of the many, many hormonal and/or barrier methods of birth control.

You're right: Taking so many doses of Plan B so often is not good because it puts huge amounts of hormones in your body and that's not something you want to do in the first place, only if necessary, and certainly not something you'd want on a regular basis. (Especially considering the other, much lower dose options!!) I can't speak to the exact medical effects but I do know that it will affect her menstrual cycle and hormone levels in her body.

In addition to physical aspects, I can imagine what havoc this is wrecking on her mental well-being. It sounds like it could even be a self-destructive behavior, like inflicting pain on oneself versus taking over the reigns of one's sexual life.

It's ultimately her decision but having the support and encouragement of a friend is very good. Have you talked to her about this before? Would you or she like some articles on this topic, like about other birth control options or about managing anxiety?

Thanks again for caring so much; you sound like a very kind friend. [Smile]

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