Note: If you’re a trans guy who takes hormones, you should talk with your doctor and see what they recommend when it comes to taking emergency contraception. Unfortunately, right now there isn’t enough research that tells us how hormonal EC will affect you, so your best choice may be the non-hormonal ParaGard IUD.
Can I use the morning-after pill for more pregnancy protection if I’m already using the birth control pill?
Someone asked us:
Would taking the morning after pill provide more protection if I’m on birth control (gildess)?
As long as you’re taking your birth control pills every day as directed, you don’t need to use the morning-after pill (AKA emergency contraception). Regular birth control pills are actually much better at preventing pregnancy than emergency contraception pills, and using them both at the same time won’t do anything extra. If you want even more protection from pregnancy, use condoms along with the pill. Plus, condoms will help prevent STDs.
However, you can definitely use the morning-after pill if you miss a few of your regular birth control pills and have unprotected sex. This only applies to the birth control pills with hormones in them — if you miss any of the placebo (non-hormonal) pills, you’re still protected from pregnancy and don’t need the morning-after pill.
If you DO miss some of your birth control pills and need to use emergency contraception, you can use the Plan B morning-after pill (or other Plan B generics, like Next Choice, MyWay, AfterPill, and Take Action) to help prevent pregnancy. You can get these types of emergency contraception at a drugstore, without a prescription. They work better the sooner you take them.
The bottom line is: if you use your birth control pills correctly, you don’t need to take the morning-after pill. Using condoms + the pill is the best way to double your pregnancy prevention.
You can marry whoever you want You can take an abortion. You can buy a morning afterpill without showing your ID STI tests are free birth control and condoms are free You can legally buy alcohol when your 16 And drugs is legal
How old do I need to be to get the morning-after pill over the counter?
Someone asked us:
I can’t find any straightforward info online, so do you know what age you have to be to purchase over the counter morning after pills in CA?
There’s no age restriction for buying the morning-after pill (AKA emergency contraception) over the counter at pharmacies and drugstores in California — or anywhere else in the U.S. Anyone of any age or gender can buy Plan B, Next Choice, and other levonorgestrel emergency contraception pills over the counter. Yay!
Over the counter morning-after pills are great news. But they work best if you take them within the first 3 days (72 hours) after unprotected sex. ella is another kind of emergency contraception pill that works even better than the over-the-counter kinds — especially if it’s been 4 or 5 days since you had unprotected sex, but ella’s not over-the-counter. You need a prescription from a doctor or nurse, like the staff at your nearest Planned Parenthood health center, to get ella.
Want something even better than ella? ParaGard IUDs are the most effective emergency contraception you can get, and you can leave them in as birth control for up to 12 years. You still only have 5 days after unprotected sex to get the ParaGard to work as emergency contraception, and since you need an appointment with a doctor or nurse to get one, you have to act fast. If you’re interested in this option, contact your nearest Planned Parenthood health center right away and let them know your situation.
Good question! A lot of people don’t know this: you don’t actually get pregnant during sex or even right after. It can take up to six days for the sperm and egg to join and form a fertilized egg. Then, it takes 6-10 days for the fertilized egg to completely implant itself in the lining of the uterus. Pregnancy begins during implantation when the hormone needed to support pregnancy is released. That hormone is called the human chorionic gonadotropin hormone (HCG). Pregnancy tests work by detecting it.
This is why emergency contraception is possible – and why it’s so great that it exists! Emergency contraception (a.k.a. Plan B or the so-called “morning-after” pill) can be taken up to five days after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy.In a way, it should really be called the “up to a few mornings after” pill.
As for when you’ll know you’re pregnant, most people start to figure it out when they miss their period. Most over-the-counter pregnancy tests start being accurate around then – the first day of your missed period.
can taking the morning after pill (“plan b”) too many times make you infertile, or less able to easily conceive? i had never heard this until some friends said so recently, and it is horrifying me!
No way — you have nothing to fear. Taking the morning after pill (aka emergency contraception) will not make you less fertile in the long run. Emergency contraception prevents pregnancy after one act of unprotected sex. Period.
BUT, if you find yourself taking Plan B frequently, it might be time to get a new plan A. Save yourself some stress and talk to your doctor or nurse about hassle-free birth control methods that might work well for you — like the IUD or implant. Using birth control is your best bet if you want to prevent pregnancy — it’s more effective, costs less over time than Plan B if you use insurance, and (just like emergency contraception) won’t make you infertile after you stop using it.
Again, if it’s an urgent situation you can totally rely on emergency contraception without worry. If you hear your friends spreading misinformation about emergency contraception, be a sexual health superstar and get them the facts.
Phin I'm so scared and I dont know if Im just being paranoid or dramatic. You are the only person I can talk to about this. So my boyfriend and I were playing around and he came but like not inside of me, I'm not sure if it was near my vagina.Help me
I doubt you’re pregnant. take the morning after pill if you want.
Hi Chris! First of all, I saw a few days ago that you mentioned having hypothyroidism, and i do too so thanks for inspiring me a lil! Rarely anyone I see in the fitblr community has this and it's nice to have someone to relate to for once. Also, idk how severe your thyroid is (mine is HORRIBLE and I can't afford the hormone balancing pills *cries*), but are there any foods you avoid due to this? Like for example, I've heard you shouldn't eat kale if you have hypothyroid but i friggin LOVE kale
My doctor never told me to avoid anything, so I didn’t for the longest time. But I do try to minimize my caffeine intake in the mornings after taking my pill (even after the hour window) and I don’t eat broccoli or cauliflower regularly because I read that it can interfere with absorption. I’m sorry that you can’t afford the pills :( I hope you can find a way to get them soon, it really made such a difference in my energy levels
hi so how do you think it would have changed Lori if she had had a miscarriage early on? For the better or worse? - same anon with the carl ask from yesterday. I just love your thoughts on things like this!
( thanks again for the question and can i just say that i’m seriously so flattered you enjoy reading these ramble-y headcanon things jsdhjbdbhjs !! )
oh, definitely for the worse. from the moment she threw up the morning after pills i think she knew her love for this baby, even though she hadn’t met it yet and even if she resented her pregnancy at times. it would be different than losing the baby after it was born, but only to a degree. she still would have lost her child and the fact that it was a miscarriage doesn’t numb the tragedy of that or the pain.
there would be a lot of guilt involved
– lori would blame herself and her malnutrition and stress and lack of sleep and strain on her body while on the run. another thought that would plague her mind would be the pills she’d taken: what if she didn’t throw them all up?
what if, somehow, those had hurt the baby? the fact that lori even had the intention at one point to get rid of her baby would make her stomach churn with guilt.
like all things, the pain would ease over time, but all those “what if’s” and guilt would never completely fade. neither would her grief; with every passing day she would be left to wonder how life would’ve been different had her baby survived. forever she’d be haunted with all the possibilities, all the people her son or daughter could’ve become.
she would think it wasn’t fair that she got to enjoy three decades of a happy life when her baby never even had the chance.
***i’ve actually always sort of wanted to explore this idea?? if anyone wants to write in like an au where this happens shoot me a message!
Omg as if breeding had anything to do with race. And btw breeding isn't a gay concept, it's a cishet concept and used as a weapon of superiority, so disagree here on a large scale. Plus why not adopt instead of bringing JUST another baby here???
Firstly, unplanned pregnancies tend to overwhelmingly affect poor people, and many poor people, because of systemic racism, tend to be non-white. If you’re a middle class or wealthy white woman and you need an abortion, you probably have savings to pay for it. You likely have a good job which will allow you to take time off to get one. And you can likely afford both the pill and the morning after pill to prevent pregnancy.
Secondly, that post said nothing about gay people. While the term ‘breeder’ is occasionally used by the gay community, it is not exclusive to it.
Thirdly, LGBT people can have biological kids and unplanned pregnancies. A trans woman and her cis partner, for example, can have children.
Finally, I just said I plan on being a foster mother. So don’t tell me ‘Why don’t you just adopt.’
Accidents happen — that’s why there’s emergency contraception. It’s birth control you can use up to 5 days after unprotected sex, but the sooner you take it, the better. Anyone can get Plan B One-Step over the counter at the drugstore (no matter your gender, age, or state that you live in).