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For those looking into the different methods of birth control to find what's right for them, here's one of several threads where users can report their experiences with a given method so that other users can get a more personal idea of what using a given method is like when they're looking into what might work best for them.

If you have used emergency contraception (Plan B), please report on it in the following format:

Pros: List what you have experienced as the pros or benefits -- the good parts -- of using this method.

Cons: List what you've experienced as the downsides or cons of using this method.

Ease of use: Talk about how easy -- or not -- it's been for you and/or your partner to use, access and afford this method, how it's worked out in your relationships, etc.

Effectiveness: Talk about how well this method has protected you from pregnancy, and if it ever has failed, note that, including any explanation of how or why, if you know or suspect how or why.

Feel free to also add any extra notes, hints or tips!

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Pros: The benefit of EC was really peace of mind. It's not something for use as normal birthcontrol, but if your method of birth control fails, it's a good option to have. It's also fairly easy to access, now that it's available OTC.

Cons: The cons to EC, for me, were the sickness experienced and the (albiet necessarily) high dose of hormones.

Ease of use: EC was easy for me to get, as I'm over 18 and can get it without a prescription. It's not as simple to access for someone younger, though. A benefit to EC is that you can get it before you actually have a need for it - EC should be part of EVERY safer-sex kit. As for actually taking it, it's just two pills - I used my cellphone alarm to make sure I took the second on time.

Effectiveness: EC is very effective if used correctly - up to 95% effective if taken within the first 24 hours of a risk. The one time I used it was due to condom failure, and thankfully, it prevented pregnancy. [Smile]

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1. It made my mind stop racing to visions of having to drop out of college because I got pregnant. It was available for a small fee from my campus health center, and
2. I had to fill out a questionnaire with a nurse.
3. It took only about 10 minutes, but this would vary for each individual depending on their health care provider
4. I did not have any side effects, but again, this would vary with each person

1. I personally felt a little shameful having to go to the clinic for Plan B at all... but I took my friend with me for support.
2. The box was HUGE for just 2 little pills! So I chucked the box and slipped the pills into my pocket. haha!
3. The patient information instructs one pill to be taken first, then the other 8(?) hrs later. I took them both at the same time because I would have had to wake up at 3:30am to administer the dose. I was in the middle of exams so there was no way I was going to do that!

Ease of Use:
1. Reduced cost because I got it on campus. It was $20.00. If I had gone to a pharmacy it would have been about $50.00 according to the nurse.
2. It doesn't matter a whole lot when you take the 2 pills, as long as you take them. The fact that I took them at the same time didn't really inhibit Plan B from doing it's job.

I took Plan B once for psychological reasons mainly. It was the first time I had had sex drunk, and although my partner used condoms, we were both intoxicated enough that I didn't want to entrust that he had put them on correctly.

Please please please, if you are ever unsure, don't hesitate to get Plan B! If you go to Plan Parenthood or a sexual health clinic you'll be able to get it at reduced cost. It at least gets rid of those butterflies in your tummy [Big Grin]

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