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I’m on birth control pills Portia. Exactly a week ago my boyfriend and I had sex he didn’t used a condom.

By Anonymous May 15, 2020 - 4:16pm
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He pulled out before coming. I got scared and took an EC pill that same day. I’ve been having off and on cramps. Note I never missed a birth control pill. Is there a chance I can get pregnant. I’m now in the third row of birth control pills.

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Hello Anon! Thank you for writing today.

The birth control pill works by stopping sperm from joining with an egg (fertilization). The hormones in the pill stop ovulation. No ovulation means there's no egg hanging around for sperm to fertilize, so pregnancy can't happen. The pill is 99.9% effective. Since you are taking it as prescribed, you are protected even with full intercourse. Taking emergency contraception when it's not needed can cause unnecessary side effects like an irregular cycle, cramps, nausea, and other discomforts. Read the information that came with the emergency contraception so you know what to expect. Keep taking your pills as usual and your cycle will sort itself out.


May 15, 2020 - 5:35pm
(reply to Helena)

Thank you!

May 16, 2020 - 3:12pm
Guide (reply to Mariee)

You're welcome.

Some couples still use condoms or "pull out" on the pill. Those are personal choices, but not requirements when you are the pill. Taking the pill regularly is what protects you. It's a very good birth control option for many women.


May 17, 2020 - 10:03am
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Anonymous (reply to Helena)

Thanks again. I am now on my placebo pills no period yet. I know I should waited out and see. I don’t have any symptoms only cramps but that is normal to me because I always have cramps while on my regular birth control pills.
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May 24, 2020 - 11:10am
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