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Plan B with Mirena

By Anonymous September 20, 2016 - 2:51am
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My husband and I had unprotected sex last night and he finished in me. We normally use condoms or the withdrawal method. I'm in college and we don't want a child right now. It also serves as extra protection along with mirena, and it gives me a peace of mind (I'm deathly afraid of becoming pregnant). Once he finished in me, I freaked out. He tried to convince me that everything would be ok because I have mirena. My doctor also assured me once I got it placed, that it was the best birth control on the market. I believed her and I did my research. She was pretty much right. But sometimes my fear can take over logic. Anyway, the next morning, I started to google videos about mirena and other women's experiences. Of course they talked about how mirena failed them and they got pregnant and how mirena doesn't work. That scared me so bad and I tried my best not to go to the store to get the pill. As a matter of fact I waited 19 hours until I finally caved in and went to the drugstore and purchased it. My husband thinks that I'm crazy for taking the pill with the Iud. Should I worry about being pregnant or is my husband right? How do I know if the pill worked? I have no symptoms at all.

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER. I wish you had listened to your husband because he was right. I also wish you had reached out to our community before you took Plan B. There was absolutely no reason to take it.

Mirena, which is a type of long-acting, reversible birth control called a hormonal intrauterine device (IUD) is one of the most effective birth control options.

However, over the course of 5 years, fewer than 8 in 1,000 women become pregnant while using Mirena. One risk of becoming pregnant while using Mirena is called ectopic pregnancy. This means that the pregnancy is not in the uterus.

My concern for you is the combination of taking a high dose of levonorgestrel, which is in Plan B, and have the slow release of levonorgestrel from Mirena. I have no knowledge and strongly advise you to contact your gynecologist and report this. Pregnancy is not a worry, but a hormonal issue is.


September 20, 2016 - 8:19am
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