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should I take plan b?

By Anonymous January 4, 2013 - 3:41pm
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Condom broke, but when I relieved myself right after, period discharge came out. The next morning (today), my regular period flow started. Should I still take plan b?

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Thank you very much for the helpful response! I've learned a lot and will stop. Also, I did get my period so there's no reason to freak out anymore. Thank you again!

January 13, 2013 - 11:47pm

Hello, last Thursday, 12/29/2012 I had sex with my bf. We didn't use a condom because I'm on the pill and he came a little inside me, but I took Next Choice later that day because I'm paranoid. My period was due this past Tuesday, 1/4/2013 and I still haven't had it yet. Last month I took Plan B one step and got my period on time. I'm worried that I really screwed up my cycle and will have a late period or I'm worried that the Next Choice wasn't effective since I took plan B at my last cycle. Someone please help!

January 10, 2013 - 5:22am
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Hello Alemas,

Taking your birth control pills each day and at the same time each day prevents pregnancy. You have screwed up your menstrual cycle. That is why your period is late.

Most birth control pills contain synthetic forms of two female hormones: estrogen and progestin. These synthetic hormones stabilize a woman's natural hormone levels, and prevent estrogen from peaking mid-cycle. Without the estrogen bump, the pituitary gland does not release other hormones that normally cause the ovaries to release mature eggs.

Plan B and Next Choice contain levonorgestrel, the same ingredient used in many birth control pills—and it works in a similar way. But the dose of levonorgestrel in Plan B and Next Choice is much higher than the dose found in a single birth control pill.

So, by taking an emergency contraceptive while taking birth control pills, you have overdosed yourself with synthetic hormones that regulate your menstrual cycle. You must stop taking an emergency contraceptive unless it is an emergency, such as you stop taking or missed several days of your birth control pills. It is dangerous to do otherwise.


January 10, 2013 - 5:37pm

Hello Anonymous,

No. You are having your period, therefore you are not pregnant. Plan B prevents pregnancy. No reason to take the pill.


January 4, 2013 - 5:29pm
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