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whazzupp8
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I had unprotected sex(it was for about 1 min). He pulled out but possible pre-cum and maybe a little bit of cum might've been in me. I took Plan B about 15 hours later. It's also possible I could've been ovulating at the time. I was wondering if the 95% effective rate is lessened if I was ovulating? please help. I am having anxiety attacks of this
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Plan B works in the same three ways -- potentially -- as other oral contraceptives, which includes suppressing ovulation.

Di you chart your fertility to have some sense of when you ovulate each month? If so, then I think it's sound to consider this (and yes, if you were already ovulating, we know that's when it is less likely to be effective). If not, then I don't think it's sound to put emotional energy into this. No matter what, mind, you've already done all you can do here as far as reducing pregnancy risks. I'd just also make sure you follow up with STI testing in the next couple of months, okay?

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No but my period started Aug. 5th which would me I would ovulate around that date if I went by the 28 day cycle. That would put my ovulation around Aug 17 which is when intercoure happened. I've never kept track so its possible I don't have a 28 day cycle but a shorter or longer one.

Do you know if its effectiveness is significantly decreased, if I was in fact ovulating?

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We know that if -- and this is a big if, since you don't chart are are just guessing, which just really isn't accurate for SO many people, especially younger people -- someone is already ovulating that yes, EC is more likely to fail. I can't say how significant a difference it is.

But since you don't chart your fertility in ways we know to be sound to estimate fertility well, I'd honestly just let this worry go. especially since, again, there's nothing else you can do at this point anyway, save making different choices in the future, you know?

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Ok, sounds like my odds of not being pregnant are good. Though I know its still a possibility. I have a few questions. Say I was pre-ovulation or post-ovulation, would the Plan B's effectiveness change at all? Also how long does ovulation usual occur?
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Well, if you had already ovulated, and it had been a few days, there would not likely be anything for Plan B to do, since pregnancy occurring wouldn't be likely at all. If it was before ovulation, then again, one of the ways Plan B works is to suppress ovulation so it doesn't happen.

Generally, it's understood that there's a window of around five days in every cycle when it's most likely for someone to become pregnant, though you usually want to expand that window to a) accountfor how long sperm can live inside the vagina and b) for younger people who are more fertile.

But I really also want you to bear in mind that overthinking this isn't going to do anything. Once more with feeling: you've done all you can do at this point. It's either going to work or it isn't. So, what I'd suggest is knowing you did all you can do, waiting it out, and then doing what you need to so that moving on from here, you make sexual choices most in alignment with what you want. If that includes preventing pregnancy, then you're probably going to want to use a method more effective than withdrawal, or add a second method to that, like condoms or a hormonal method.

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If I was pregnant, how many days after sex would signs start to show? Any before my missed period?
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The first reliable sign of pregnancy is a missed period. The symptoms that are commonly reported are as a result of the extra hormones in a pregnant woman's system. Periods are missed (or positive pregnancy tests occur) before these levels would be high enough to cause much or anything.

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