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Ugh, long story short, my boyfriend and I were having sex, and when we realized that the condom had broken, he had already ejaculated. We were very on top of the situation though, and we were able to obtain and use an emergency contraceptive less than thirty minutes later. I have also been charting my cycles, and all of this happened yesterday, two days before my period was due to start. (I ovulated 13 days ago.) So, even without taking EC, I don't think this situation could have ended too horribly... But we wanted to be as safe as possible.
So, if I am correct, I think I've done a really good job at reducing the risk of my situation, and I am trying not to worry. This has been traumatic though, of course, and I'm just looking for some reassurance.
Also, is it possible that the EC might make my period come later than I expect it to? I am expecting it tomorrow and I do not want to freak out without warrant if it doesn't come then.

Am I correct in my thinking that it is highly unlikely that I will become pregnant? Is there anything else I can do now to better make this so?

Thank you so much Scarleteen, you have always been such a help.
If only condoms were more like you! [Razz]

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Yes, you are right: you have already done everything you can do to minimize the risk by obtaining EC so quickly.

EC can affect the menstrual cycle, so your period may be late. If your period does not show, then the best thing you can do is take a pregnancy test as soon as that's possible, to rule out a pregnancy for sure.

In the meantime, this post may help you prevent condom mishaps in the future: Condom Basics: A User's Manual

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You took EC about as soon as possible, which puts it at maximum effectiveness - meaning it has a very high chance of preventing pregnancy, but beyond that we just can't know. You've done all you can at this point; now you just need to wait, as tough as that can be.

A very common side effect of EC is irregular periods for a few cycles, so if your period doesn't come when expected, don't take that as a sign that it didn't work. Because of this common side effect, we do recommend that when folks take EC they follow up with a pregnancy test after it's been at least two weeks since the pregnancy risk happened, since periods don't always arrive when expected to signal that pregnancy didn't happen.

Do you need any information on condom use to help prevent breaks in the future?

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Thank you both very much!
We've been perfect condom users for a while, I think this was a rare fluke.
Thanks again! Hopin' for the best.


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