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Should i take the morning after pill if i'm already on birth control?

Should i take the morning after pill if i'm already on birth control?

No : If you are using birth control already the "morning after pill" should not be needed. If you have not been using your birth control method properly, then the "morning after pill" may still be a good idea. ...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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To cover myself, should I take the morning after pill? I'm on birth control and just took morning after pill 3 weeks ago?

To cover myself, should I take the morning after pill? I'm on birth control and just took morning after pill 3 weeks ago?

To cover yourself?: If you're not taking your birth control pill consistently, you would not be protected from pregnancy. In that case you might need plan b. Taking your oral contraceptive pills as prescribed will cover you sufficiently, if you're willing to do that. ...Read more

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I started birth control pills, should I take the morning after pill?

I started birth control pills, should I take the morning after pill?

Scenario?: It is recommended that you use backup protection for first month on birth control pills. If you had sexual intercourse & just started oral contraceptives with no back up plans - the morning after pill is an option. ...Read more

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If I am two weeks into birth control and have had unprotected sex, should I take the morning after pill? What would it do for me?

If I am two weeks into birth control and have had unprotected sex, should I take the morning after pill? What would it do for me?

Wouldn't hurt: It depends when you started your birth control pills. If you started birth control for the 1st time ever 2 weeks ago and you started the 3-5th day of your period, then you probably don't need to use the morning after. If you have been on the pill for many cycles, then definitely no need otherwise, it wouldn't hurt to take the morning after pill. Actually it never hurts. It might just be overkill. ...Read more

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My gf's period was a few days ago, we had a scare, and we are wondering if she can take the morning after pill today and then start using regular birth control tomorrow or the next day?

My gf's period was a few days ago, we had a scare,  and we are wondering if she can take the morning after pill today and then start  using  regular birth control tomorrow or the next day?

See below: Emergency contraception or the morning after pill is most effective when used within 48 hours of the episode of unprotected intercourse or broken condom. It is typically best to start birth control with a period. At the point being several days past the "scare" taking emergency contraception would most likely not be helpful. She should wait until her period starts and then start her birth control. ...Read more

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Should i stop my regular birth control while i take emergency contriception? I started my birth control 3 days late and i had unprotected sex. I know I should take the morning after pill but I am not sure if I should stop taking my birth control to take t

Should i stop my regular birth control while i take emergency contriception? I started my birth control 3 days late and i had unprotected sex. I know I should take the morning after pill but I am not sure if I should stop taking my birth control to take t

By : By the date of this post 4 days have passed therefore i will advise you for the future. You should not stop using your NuvaRing if you plan to take a Plan B emergency contraception pill. Lastly if you want the NuvaRing to be effective you have to insert it at the approriate time. Consider creative ways to remind yourself when it needs to be inserted. Take care. ...Read more

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My friend has been on birth control pills for 6yrs and had sex and the guy came inside 4 times should she take the morning after pill, or not?

My friend has been on birth control pills for 6yrs and had sex and the guy came inside 4 times should she take the morning after pill, or not?

She should be OK: As long as a woman takes her birth control pill correctly it should protect her from pregnancy no matter how many ejaculations she encounters. It of course doesn't protect her from sexually transmitted diseases. ...Read more

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I had unprotected sex on Saturday. I'm not on birth control. Can I take the morning after pill with my Lisinpril and Metoprolol? And is it effective?

I had unprotected sex on Saturday. I'm not on birth control. Can I take the morning after pill with my Lisinpril and Metoprolol? And is it effective?

Yes: There are different formulations. I assume you're using levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol? There are no interactions among the 3 meds you list. (you can use them together). The med is maximally effective if you take it within 72 hours of intercourse. ...Read more

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Took the day after pill 3 weeks ago, got my period. I'm on birth control pill. Should i take the morning after pill again?

Took the day after pill 3 weeks ago, got my period. I'm on birth control pill. Should i take the morning after pill again?

Oral contraception &: Emergency contraception. If you are consistently (every day) taking your oral contraceptives and have been on them for at least a month then protection level is already high. If you have been taking oral contraceptives for less than a month or inconsistently then you have incomplete protection. ...Read more

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If my gf has been on birth control, regularly. And has been for over 4 months. And we know her menstral cycle. Plus the next morning, take the morning after pill, is it at all safe to not use a condom and ejaculate inside of her?

If my gf has been on birth control, regularly. And has been for over 4 months. And we know her menstral cycle. Plus the next morning, take the morning after pill, is it at all safe to not use a condom and ejaculate inside of her?

Probably: I believe you indicated that your gf is using the bcp for 4 months and she takes the morning after pill after every sex. First, the bcp is very effective but not 100%. Second, she does not and probably should not take the morning after pill every time - too much hormone. Third, the condom is also protecting you from std. If you want safe sex and extra protection then use condom. Talk w/ your doc. ...Read more

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Is okay to take morning after pill if it expired about a year ago? I'm on birth control but I missed two consecutive pills.

Is okay to take morning after pill if it expired about a year ago? I'm on birth control but I missed two consecutive pills.

Discard expired pill: It is wiser to get rid of "morning after pills which expired about a year ago" and buy others. Be safe and continue taking your contraceptive pills more regularly and consider switching to a much more effective and "forgettable" method of preventing pregnancy like an IUD or a subdermal implant. Remember about male or female condoms too. ...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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Should i continue my birth control regimen i took next choice morning after pill and i usually get my period on the last thursday of my regular birth control pack. That's today, but i only have 2 more "inactive" pills left do I continue to take the birthc

Should i continue my birth control regimen i took next choice morning after pill and i usually get my period on the last thursday of my regular birth control pack. That's today, but i only have 2 more "inactive" pills left do I continue to take the birthc

For : For most women, taking the morning after pill can cause their next cycle to become irregular. Some will miss their next period while others may have abnormal bleeding or spotting. For this reason, you should not wait for your period (it might not come) but should continue to take your pills on the schedule you normally would. Good luck! ...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. Adam Levy
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Morning After Pill (Definition)

Emergency contraception is a method to prevent pregnancy in women who have had unprotected sex, or for whom a barrier method has failed (slipped condom, diaphragm, or cervical cap, or broken condom). Emergency contraception medicine is not the same ...Read more