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Is Withdrawal An Effective Sex Contraceptive
I took emergency contraceptives on the first day of my period. What will happen to my period? Will I still experience withdrawal bleeding?
I only get my period when I do the progesterone withdrawal challenge. I have been on both oral contraceptives and progesterone. Which would be better?
If an emergency: contraceptive pill is needed - that is an ideal time to take it - as soon as possible after sex. Plan B One-Step is up to 89 % effective when taken within 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected sex. It can reduce chance of pregnancy by up to 95% if used within 24 hours. It continues to reduce the risk of pregnancy up to 120 hours (5 days) after unprotected sex, but is less effective as time passes. ...Read more
3.5 months post partum, breastfeeding and using withdrawal method. Is this an effective method of birth control?
I had sex the day i took my first pill of my second pack of birth control pill and i was a week late to take it. Is it safe? But it was withdrawal
Could be pregnant: If you started your second pack of pills a week after you should have, it's possible you were already close to ovulation. And withdrawal is not an adequate method of birth control: some sperm can still be present before withdrawal. If remembering to take your pills is a problem, you might consider another method of birth control. ...Read more
I had unprotected sex ( ejaculated inside me) on the last day of my placebo pills on birth control. Was still having my withdrawal bleed, am I safe?
Can I have unprotected sex on placebo days of pack if I don't have withdrawal bleeding w/o getting pregnet? Been taking birth control for months
Yes: Birth control pills, when taken each day at about the same time, are still working to prevent pregnancy, regardless of whether the withdrawal bleeding is lighter than expected, heavier than expected, or intentionally prevented. However, if the withdrawal bleeding is unintentionally missing, one can check a home urine pregnancy test. Real life can surprise you sometimes. ...Read more
Today i consumed a contraceptive and after sometime i had sex. Would tht pill wil be effective? And its my first day of my periods. Please help.
Too early: Too early for the pill to work. But you won't get pregnant if you are having your period. ...Read more
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
If I had unprotected sex during ovulation, how effective will emergency contraceptive taken within 52 hours be to prevent pregnancy?
I am on the Depo-Provera provera (medroxyprogesterone) which i get every 3 months and whenever I have sex we always use a condom how effective is having 2 contraceptives?
Very: The combination of these two methods should be extremely effective. ...Read more
I was on birth control for 3 months taking it irregularly. Had unprotected sex during . Had all my withdrawl periods . Does that mean i'm not pregnan?
Only a negative pregnancy test means you are not pregnant. But, I am worried by your comments. If you are using bcp irregularly due to difficulty remembering etc. Maybe that method of bc is not your "cup of tea"
there are other forms that promote better compliance & that would be better suited for you. Ex. The patch every week. The ring every month, Depo-Provera every 3 months, iud for 5 or 10 yrs. ...Read more
I started birth control ortho try cylen four days ago. If I have sex and use the withdrawl method on the 7th day will I be protected from pregnancy?
Had protected sex on last day of period (inactive contraceptive pill). Had sex again hour later unprotected (withdrawal method). Risk of pregnancy?
Implanon/Nexplanon: At this point the Implanon (single capsule inserted under skin in arm) is considered most effective form of birth control. It has shown slight more effectiveness than tubal ligation and vasectomy. This is occasionally debated- but at the very least it is equivalent to these more permanent methods. Iud is also a very effective form of birth control. ...Read more
Varies: The theroretical or "perfect" use of a contraceptive gel or cream should approach 85-90 % but actual use is closer to 75-80%. The difference results from variance in use, how long was it in, how long did intercourse last, was intercourse repeated without re-using gel? An individual woman's anatomy may play a factor. A tilted uterus may hide the cervix from the chemical barrier of the gel. ...Read more
Depends: Many of the post exposure contraceptives available today can work up to 5 days after exposure. You need to check the product information. ...Read more
Must use something: Everytime and strips are about 85% so i rec using condoms and strips then it goes up ta about 95 %. ...Read more
It had been 5 days after we had kind of sex, which and when i should take the contraceptive pill?
Combined contraceptive pill, is it still effective if you take it at 9 am one day and 12 (midday) the next?
Yes: Three hour difference in one day should not reduce the effectiveness of the pill. It is better to take it at the same time every day to ensure that you do not miss a day. ...Read more
How many times one can use contraceptive emergency pills, what are the side effects ? Any other way to avoid the risk of pregnancyunprotected sex ?
Me and my wife are looking for a long term effective contraceptive method that will not have long term side effects. Can you please suggest us a few ?
Several choices: There have been important improvements in intra-uterine devices in the past 10 years. These small devices may or may not contain progestin hormones, and can safely stay in place for years. They need to be inserted by a nurse practitioner or doctor in the office. Implanon, which is inserted under the skin is another possibility. It contains a progestin that is gradually released into the body. ...Read more
Life is not perfect: Life is never perfect nor 100%. Things just happen, sometimes. Each woman's body has to respond to the artificial hormones in the pills, and maybe once in a rare while she still manages to ovulate. The percentages are about a population of women, NOT about one woman. Medical statistics have to be interpreted this way, because nobody knows what the percentage effectiveness is for a specific woman. ...Read more
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