A 21-year-old female asked:
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i had sex on sunday at 6 am but the condom broke is it too late to take plan b?

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Dr. Karen Jones
37 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Almost: Plan b in effective within 72 hours of unprotected sex, however the closer to the time of intercourse the better. I'm not sure with the different time zones but you are likely close to the 72 hour mark.
Answered on Jun 30, 2014
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Dr. Brian Nguyen
11 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ulipristal or Ella is another type of emergency contraceptive that works within 120 hours and at this point would be your best option. You would need a prescription from a doctor to obtain this drug.
Dec 25, 2013
Dr. Francine Yep
31 years experience Family Medicine
Best before 72 hours: Plan b works best if you use it within 72 hours after sex. It works moderately well within 120 hours. Please talk with your provider about a reliable form of birth control which will work for you and your partner. Good luck!
Answered on Jun 2, 2017
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Dr. Norma jo Waxman
33 years experience Family Medicine
Emergency contracept: As dr. Yep said Plan B is best withing 72 hours but somewhat effective up to 5 days, that is... If you weight under 170 pounds. Better choice is Ella (ulipristal acetate) ( ullipristal) up to 5 days or have the copper iud ( paragard) placed up to 7 days after unprotected sex. With the iud you are then protected ongoing.
Answered on Jun 30, 2014

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