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How well does emergency contraception work to prevent pregnancy?

How well does emergency contraception work to prevent pregnancy?

Not well: It doesn't work that well, you still have at least 27% chance to get pregnant, that is why it is an emergency contraception, when there is nothing else you can do. So by no means it should be used as regular contraceptive method, there are methods of contraception that are safer and more effective if you use them before not after the occurrence. ...Read more

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Dr. Janice Alexander
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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What are the other options to prevent pregnancy other than using emergency contraception?

What are the other options to prevent pregnancy other than using emergency contraception?

Birth Control: Wow. That is a first. There are condoms, diaphragms, birth control pills, shots, implants. There are iuds. Dozens of different options that are easy, effective and safe. ...Read more

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How to use emergency contraception pills after 48 hours of intercourse if want to prevent pregnancy. How many to eat and after meal or what?

How to use emergency contraception pills after 48 hours of intercourse if want to prevent pregnancy. How many to  eat and after meal or what?

See below: Plan B should be taken as soon as possible after sex. See the package for instructions and do not worry about food, take it as soon after sex as possible. See this site for more information. http://www.webmd.com/women/guide/plan-b If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time, every time. You may consider implanted contraceptive, or IUD. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...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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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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Will emergency contraception protect me from pregnancy 100%?

Will emergency contraception protect me from pregnancy 100%?

No: Effectiveness is as high as 95% if taken within 24 hours after the event. The effectiveness drops to 89% after 24 hour and up yo 72 hours after unprotected sex. ...Read more

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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


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