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Question: Emergency Contraceptive?

 joxen13 - Sun May 03, 2009 4:34 pm

I have a question regarding the birth control pill and emergency contraceptives. I take Ortho-Tricyclene but last night I had sex and the condom either broke or slipped and I feel like it might not have been completely effective. Also, since I was not at home I took my birth control pill about 14 hours after I usually do. In the last few weeks before last night I have taken my pills every night on schedule. However I am afraid that since I took the pill so much later than usual and because there was an issue with the condom that I might get pregnant. I don't have much money to spend on emergency contraceptives, but I also don't want to risk getting pregnant. How likely is it that the birth control pills have not been effective? I don't know what to do. Please help A.S.A.P.!!!

 Debbie Miller, RN - Wed May 13, 2009 10:05 pm

User avatar Hello
Most of the time, taking one late pill does not affect your protection. If you take the mini pill it is a little more sensitive, but the combination pill can be missed a day without any disruption typically. Using a condom along with this is just double protection and helps guard against sexually transmitted infection, but the pill alone is adequate in most cases. If you miss two or more in a row, I would recommend a back up method for about seven days. While nobody can be 100% sure, you really should not need emergency contraception in this case, based on the facts you have explained.

Best wishes.


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