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I've been on birth control for about 2 years for cramps. I was never great about taking it b/c I didn't need it for the contraception- I missed a couple pills here and there, took them late, etc. I became sexually active about a week ago (specifically, without a condom last night). In preparation for that, I really began making sure I was taking it at the exact same time every day without missing a pill for about two weeks now. I honestly don't remember how well I did at the beginning of the month, though. Is it worth it to take EC for the peace of mind, or should I be okay?

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This really is one of those things where it's going to be up to you, especially since if you do not know how well you took your pills, we really can't have any idea.

EC, however, a week later, is not at all likely to be effective. EC is most effective within the first 24 hours of a risk, then tapers down in effectiveness until about five days later, when it's not likely to do jack.

Your pill is also more effective than EC, so long as you take it properly, so moving forward, you'll want to keep up with changing your habits there, and since you know that may take a while, it'd be a very good idea to back up with condoms. That's particularly important with new partners, where STI risks tend to be higher, as the pill -- and EC -- offer no protection against sexually transmitted infections.

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thanks for the reply! An update: I decided it was not worth it to take EC. I took a pregnancy test today, 23 days past the risk, and it was negative (Clearblue recommends 19 days). I have stopped getting periods since taking BC, and the risk took place during the placebo week, so I'm not sure whether that counts as a "missed" period. Should I retest in a week when my next period is due (placebo week), or can I be confident of the first results? I have most certainly learned my lesson about taking pills on time after this scare!
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I would not count that as missed, no, though I would check in about those missing withdrawal bleeds with your prescribing doc next time you're in. If someone is skipping the placebo weeks and suppressing, that is to be expected, but those stopping altogether when you are still having a placebo week would be, IMO, something to check into to be sure all is well with your body.

But either way, you got the results you did, well after the risk, so unless you want to retest, or start experiencing some changes to your body soon you can't make sense of, I don't see a need to retest, no.

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