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Could I get pregnant..?

By Anonymous October 4, 2014 - 4:26am
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I took my pill on Friday morning as normal. I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend on Friday night. It's now Saturday morning and I left my pill at my other house. I can take it later, just a few hours later than I usually do. I'm thinking of still taking the morning after pill as an extra precaution. I started this pill pack last Sunday. What are my risks?

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HERWriter Blogger

Hi Anon,

You can take an over-the-counter emergency contraception like Plan B within 72 hours of having unprotected sex. That is good you were able to take your pill yesterday, even though it was 4 hours late. In those situations, it is best to take the next pill as soon as possible, so that's great you took it as soon as you were able to again.

If it makes you feel more comfortable and if you would like to play it safe, it may be a good idea to take emergency contraception. Especially since you have started taking the pill pretty recently and it usually takes about 3 months to get fully in sync with your body.

If you were on days 10-16 of your menstrual cycle, it may also be a good idea to take emergency contraception because those are your most fertile days. I hope this helped! Let me know if you have any other questions.

October 5, 2014 - 6:34pm
HERWriter Blogger

Hi Anon,

Thank you for sharing your question with the EmpowHER community! As a woman, your most fertile days are typically days 10-16 of your menstrual cycle. That is the time where you have higher risk of becoming pregnant. 

Since you are on the pill and usually are consistent with taking it at the same time every day, that helps lower your risk of pregnancy. The morning after pill also has a high rate of effectiveness in preventing pregnancy. However, it's important to remember that the morning after pill should not be used as regular birth control and should only be taken in case of emergency. If taken regularly, the morning after pill can mess up your menstrual cycle and make it very irregular. 

Take your regular pill whenever you can again. If you've been taking the pill for over 3 months it should be more synced up with your body and menstrual cycle and be more effective in preventing pregnancy. However, if you haven't been on the pill very long and had unprotected sex, then the morning after pill may be a good idea.

I hope this has helped! Please keep me updated and let me know if you have any other questions.


October 4, 2014 - 11:59am
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Anonymous (reply to Erin Kennedy)

I've been on the pill for just over a month now. I started my second pack last Sunday. How long do I have to take the morning after pill before it's too late? And also, I was able to take my pill today but I was four hours late. Is the morning after pill still a good idea?

October 4, 2014 - 4:24pm
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