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Instead of emergency contraception can I use double birth control?

Instead of emergency contraception can I use double birth control?

Sort of: There are a number of options for emergency birth control including dedicated meds that are available over the counter, dedicated prescription medicine, and use of high dose regular birth control. For information of how to use regular bc as emergency bc, see http://www. Not-2-late. Com. If you need ec, you should consider using regular bc such as iuds and implants. The most effective and easy! ...Read more

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Contraception (Definition)

Contraceptiion is a means of preventing conception (or fertilization). There are hormonal and non hormonal methods of preventing sperm and egg from meeting. Talk to your doctor or clinic about what options are best for you. There are short acting methods (condoms, pills, patch, ring) and long ...Read more


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How soon after emergency contraception can you continue a birth control pack?

How soon after emergency contraception can you continue a birth control pack?

Around 2-3 days..: The emergency-pill is 2-3x the amount of medication packed in it, so I would say that you should be able to take your regular pill 2-3 days after. I don't believe there is any data available addressing this specific question, but the pharmacology of the plan-b pack suggests 2-3 days should be ok. If any trouble, consult your doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can birth control pills be be used as emergency contraception? If so, how much and how, and when exactly? Thanks

Can birth control pills be be used as emergency contraception? If so, how much and how, and when exactly? Thanks

Some can be.: But not all are a good choice. Check reference chart to see which oral contraceptives can be used for emergency contraception and at what doses. Http://ec. Princeton. Edu/questions/dose. Html#dose ...Read more

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How many birth control pills do you use for an emergency contraception? She is 5' 4" and a little less than 100lbs

Plan b: Over the counter emergency birth control is available without a prescription if you are 17 and older. Otherwise, if you already have birth control pills, see: http://www. Not-2-late. Com for options. ...Read more

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How many necon 1/35 birth control pills can I take as emergency contraception? I'm 22 years old and female

How many necon 1/35 birth control pills can I take as emergency contraception? I'm 22 years old and female

See specifics below: There are a number of options for emergency birth control including dedicated meds that are available over the counter, dedicated prescription medicine, and use of high dose regular birth control. For information of how to use regular bc as emergency bc, see http://www. Not-2-late. Com. If you need ec, you should consider using regular bc such as iuds and implants. The most effective and easy! ...Read more

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How can you take mercilon (birth control pill) as an emergency contraception (morning after pill)?

How can you take mercilon (birth control pill) as an emergency contraception (morning after pill)?

See specifics below: There are a number of options for emergency birth control including dedicated meds that are available over the counter, dedicated prescription medicine, and use of high dose regular birth control. For information of how to use regular bc as emergency bc, see http://www. Not-2-late. Com. If you need ec, you should consider using regular bc such as iuds and implants. The most effective and easy! ...Read more

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Used condom properly. No ejaculation. No birth control. Chance of pregnancy? Should I use emergency contraception? (Within 72 hours)

Used condom properly. No ejaculation. No birth control. Chance of pregnancy? Should I use emergency contraception? (Within 72 hours)

Personal choice: Properly used condoms have less than a 2% failure rate, so additional back up plans are your choice. Proper use means the condom is applied before any intercourse, remained snug during sex, and sex stopped if the condom became loose. ...Read more

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I heard birth control can be used as emergency contraception, so if I missed 3 pills (not in a row), will it act as a "Plan B" and not allow pregnancy?

I heard birth control can be used as emergency contraception, so if I missed 3 pills (not in a row), will it act as a "Plan B" and not allow pregnancy?

Higher dose: The hormones in one birth control pill are not in high enough levels to be used a an emergency contraceptive (EC) Multiple pills must be taken to get an emergency contraceptive effect. Your doctor can advise you on the number of pills needed, depending on the specific birth control pill. Missing a birth control pill increases pregnancy risk, so EC would be needed for each sexual encounter. ...Read more

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Can you use Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) birth control pills as emergency contraception?

Can you use Yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) birth control pills as emergency contraception?

Yes: There are a number of options for emergency birth control including dedicated meds that are available over the counter, dedicated prescription medicine, and use of high dose regular birth control. For information of how to use regular bc as emergency bc, see http://www. Not-2-late. Com. If you need ec, you should consider using regular bc such as iuds and implants. The most effective and easy! ...Read more

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What is the difference between the Plan B emergency contraceptive and regular birth control pills?

What is the difference between the Plan B emergency contraceptive and regular birth control pills?

Mechanisms differ: Plan b is levonorgestrel. It alters the tubes to prevent passage of the eggs and sperm and prevent fertilization. It also alters the endometrium to prevent implantation. Birth control pills usually contain an estrogen and a progesterone. They suppress LH and FSH to prevent ovulation. They also alter the cervical mucous to prevent sperm from entering. ...Read more

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I started taking birth control (Lo Loestrin Fe) on 11/8. On 11/4, I took Plan B due to an emergency. This morning, the condom broke. What should I do?

I started taking birth control (Lo Loestrin Fe) on 11/8. On 11/4, I took Plan B due to an emergency. This morning, the condom broke. What should I do?

Thorough history: In order to give qualified advice to a woman, where there is no way to tell, how different regimens of hormones may have impacted her cycle, a thorough history needs to be taken. This can best be done during a doctors' visit. ...Read more

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Condom rip when having sex took Levora (ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel) birth control as emergency contraceptive right after sex did I do the right thing to prevent pregnancy?

Condom rip when having sex took Levora (ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel) birth control as emergency contraceptive right after sex did I do the right thing to prevent pregnancy?

Obtain plan B: Although Levora (ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel) does contain levonorgestrel, the same form of progesterone found in Plan B one step, it does not contain the same dose. There is only 0.15mg in Levora (ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel) versus 1.5mg in Plan B.
I suggest you pick up plan B and as long as your friend takes it within 72 hours of intercourse, it still should be effective. ...Read more

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Can I use my birth control as an emergency contraceptive?

Can I use my birth control as an emergency contraceptive?

That depends on: What your normal oral contraceptive is. Not all are a good choice. Check reference chart to see which oral contraceptives can be used for emergency contraception and at what doses. REF: http://ec. Princeton. Edu/questions/dose. Html#dose ...Read more

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How can I use my birth control lutera as an emergency contraceptive?

How can I use my birth control lutera as an emergency contraceptive?

Lutera: For Lutera -5 white pills are to be taken as soon as possible after sex and 5 white pills are to be taken 12 hours later. REF: http://ec. Princeton. Edu/questions/dose. Html#dose ...Read more

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Can birth control pills be used at a double dose as an emergency contraceptive?

Can birth control pills be used at a double dose as an emergency contraceptive?

Yes but not exactly: Over the counter emergency birth control is available without a prescription. Otherwise, if you already have birth control pills, see: http://www. Not-2-late. Com for options. Of how to take regular bc pills for emergency. It's not exactly a double dose, and depends on which pill you have already. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take the birth control pills after also taking the emergency contraceptive pill?

Is it ok to take the birth control pills after also taking the emergency contraceptive pill?

ECP: You can continue to use your oral contraceptives as normal even if you have used an emergency contraceptive pill. ...Read more

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I had sex last night and cannot get access to emergency contraceptives. Can I use my birth control as an emergency contraceptive?

I had sex last night and cannot get access to emergency contraceptives. Can I use my birth control as an emergency contraceptive?

Yes: Birth control pills can be used as emergency contraceptive. First, the birth control pill has to contain Ethinyl estradiol. Different brands of pills come with different amounts of ethinyl estradiol. About 100 µg of Ethinyl estradiol per 24 hours given for 48 hours has shown to be an effective emergency contraceptive. ...Read more

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I used birth control crystele as emergency contraceptives 2x in 10 days. Should I feel so nauseated and ovaries feel like they are inflamed?

I used birth control crystele as emergency contraceptives 2x in 10 days. Should I feel so nauseated and ovaries feel like they are inflamed?

Yes: Emergency contraception (cryselle) as you took will contain a high estrogen content since you took several pills at once. The elevated estrogen may cause nausea and even vomiting. It may also stimuate your ovaries. Symptoms should subside. You may consider using regular contraception rather than frequent emergency contraception. ...Read more

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I took emergency contraceptive two weeks in a row now I've been bleeding for almost 2 weeks. Can I take birth control pills to stop the bleeding?

You can but...: You can utilize the oral contraceptive, but Plan B was a hormonal product as well which is why you are having withdrawal bleeding. Consider "riding this bleeding out" and allow the body to reset on its' own. By the way, use a alternative non hormonal contraceptive until this period passes next month. ...Read more

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Should I take emergency contraceptive if I've been on birth control pills for 10 days and had unprotected sex? I thought after 7 days was effective.

Should I take emergency contraceptive if I've been on birth control pills for 10 days and had unprotected sex? I thought after 7 days was effective.

You decide: The pill is designed to work by preventing your ovaries from releasing eggs. To do that the pill provides a baseline level of hormone to keep it from happening. Some companies state their pill is effective after a week, but many OBGYNS suggest backup BC for the first month until your body gets accustomed to the pill. The choice is yours. ...Read more

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Should I use emergency contraceptive if I took my birth control pill 14 hours late and also had unprotected sex? I've been on birth control everyday.

Should I use emergency contraceptive if I took my birth control pill 14 hours late and also had unprotected sex? I've been on birth control everyday.

Should be ok: You should be ok. Emergency contraception probably won't add any more protection then you have. Being late one time is unlikely to effect the birth control. You may have some breakthrough bleeding. Do NOT stop your pills if you do. ...Read more

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I missed one day the whole month of my birth control pill and that same day had unprotected sex. Am I okay or do I need to take emergency contraceptive?

I missed one day the whole month of my birth control pill and that same day had unprotected sex. Am I okay or do I need to take emergency contraceptive?

Double your pills: Take two pills daily to "catch up" with the one that you missed or secondarily use Plan B. It is unlikely that you will get pregnant. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Emergency Contraception (Definition)

Emergency contraception is the method a woman can use to avoid getting pregnant, after she has received sperm in her vagina. She takes the hormone pills, which are usually larger doses of hormones used in oral birth control pills, within a short time (days) after her sexual activity, ...Read more


Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Birth Control (Definition)

Also known as contraception, birth control is a method to prevent pregnancy. Some methods of birth control include a vasectomy, tubal ligation, oral contraceptive pills, vaginal rings, hormone injections, condoms, diaphragms, sponges, ...Read more