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Loestrin As Emergency Contraception
5 days ago. Took lo loestrin blue pills as an emergency contraception. I can't afford plan b.Been spotting blood with a clear discharge. Am I pregnant?
Emergency: Contraceptives side effects can include spotting or bleeding, changes in menstrual flow or your period may be late or early. So, your spotting does not mean that you are pregnant. The only 100% way that a woman knows she is not pregnant after taking an emergency contraceptive is when she gets her actual period. Take care. ...Read more
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
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
Can lo loestrin fe birth control pills be used as emergency contraceptives? Took 2 pills after unprotected sex and 2 more the next day, am I ok?
Plan B: Anyone having intercourse without birth control or condoms may get pregnant. If intercourse was within 72 hours you consider taking plan b. Ella (ulipristal acetate) is another brand that can be used up to 5 days after unprotected intercourse. Plan b is a high dose of birth control to disrupt the hormonal patterns to delay or prevent ovulation. Abnormal bleeding after is common. Check preg test in 10 days. ...Read more
Took my bc pills as a form of Plan B (lo loestrin fe, 4 pills, 12 hours apart, pills m-th). How do I continue to take my birth control? Today is mon.
One per day: You should continue taking your pill one per day as you normally would. I am confused though. If you were already on birth control then there was no need to take Plan B or a form of emergency contraception. That is what birth control is for. Also you did not do the correct dose since you are on a 10 mg birth control pill. You underdosed. Its best to consult with a doctor before doing things alone. ...Read more
Efficacy: Levonogestrel pills can reduce your risk of pregnancy by up to 95% is used within 24 hours of sex. They are up to 89 percent effective when taken within 72 hours (three days) after unprotected sex. They continue to reduce the risk of pregnancy up to 120 hours (five days) after unprotected sex, but they are less effective as time passes. ...Read more
Some ECP options: Include Ella, Aftera, After pills, Athenitia Next, EContra Ez, Fallback Solo, My Way, Next Choice One Dose, Opcicon One- Step, Option 2, Take Action & Plan B One-Step. Additionally, a number of combined progestin/ estrogen pills can be used in higher doses as emergency contraception. ...Read more
Yes: Plan b one-step is over the counter and is levonorgesterol. It is most effective if taken right away. Ella (ulipristal acetate) requires a prescription, contains ulipristal, and may be a bit more effective after a few days. The copper containing iud, paraguard is also a highly effective emergency contraceptive that is good for 10 years. ...Read more
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
Yes: Plan b - the emergency contraception pill - is indicated for use up to 72 hours after unprotected sex. It is more effective the earlier it is taken. If she is a little out of the window, it is still safe to take. She should take a pregnancy test if her period is more than 2 wks late. And, I would recommend she see her ob/gyn about reliable contraception. ...Read more
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
ECP: Potential side effects w emergency contraception include: menstrual flow changes (spotting, bleeding, early or late period), nausea, vomiting, dizziness, fatigue, headache, breast tenderness & abdominal pain or cramps. Take pregnancy test & notify dr if your period is 7 or > days late. ...Read more
Few days: It's not easy to answer your question specifically. You may have 2 or more days if pills were taken after ovulation (you didn't give the time in your cycle when you took them; would you even know?). Also, if you have a history or pattern of irregular menstrual bleeding, that could be a factor. If you have more questions about your bleeding, do see your clinician. Hope that helps. ...Read more
I have had to use the morning after pill (emergency contraception) twice in 2 weeks. Is it as effective the second time?
Yes: It is equally effective but you can imagine a doctor's question.... Why not find a more reliable form of birth control? If you are okay taking pills, consider the birth control pill. Taken each day it will prevent 96% of pregnancies in a woman sexually active over course of a year. Good luck! ...Read more
I had protected sex and took emergency contraception just to be safe. Is there any way possible that I could be pregnant?
Why does emergency contraception have to be taken within 72 hours? What causes it to be less effective after this time period?
Prevents ovulation: Ella (ulipristal acetate) works up to 5 days after sex. Other options best asap but up to 3 days. They work by preventing ovulation, and are not perfect. Regular ongoing birth control works better. Pills, patches, ring are options, but require regular use. Consider long acting options of iud and implant. They're the most effective and easy! ...Read more
I had an intermenstrual bleeding a week after taking emergency contraception (yuzpe regimen). Where am I standing now in my mens cycle?
My last piriod 26th june ended by 30th and had an emergency contraception with my boyf after 2 days after my piriod ended do I have to worry?
Pregnancy: ALTHOUGH NO ACTION IS PSRFECT I WOULD anticipate that you should not get pregnant ...Read more
Took 1 emergency contraception (EC) pill on 03/19 is it ok take 2 EC pill in 1 month? Had unprotected sex yesterday, wanted to take EC pill 03/23
These are hormonal agents that can lower your chances of getting pregnant. They have side effects like nausea, vomiting etc, however they are short lived.
These agents are available for use if you had unprotected sex and are concerned about pregnancy and are not designed for routine use to prevent pregnancy. ...Read more
Very effective: Emergency contraception (ec) can be very effective if used properly. Ec can consist of a pill or pills or insertion of a copper iud. Depending on the regimen, the ec must be taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex and no more than 5 days later. Due to variations in timing and use, studies have shown the effectiveness of pill regimens to range from 50-90%. Failure rate for the iud is <1%. ...Read more
Yes but: Use over the counter Plan B if intercourse was within 72 hours to decrease the risk of unplanned pregnancy. It is available at the pharmacy. It works better and has less side effects that the Yuzpe method of emergency contraception. In this method 5 pills are taken of combined oral contraceptives like Sprintec. Nausea is a common side effect. ...Read more
72 hours: Plan b - the emergency contraception pill - is indicated to use up to 72 hours after unprotected sex. The earlier you take it the better your chances of preventing pregnancy. I often recommend patients to keep it on hand so they can take it as early as possible after exposure. ...Read more
Which ones?: Potential Side effects w emergency contraception: tender breasts; menstrual flow changes (spotting, bleeding, early or late period); loose stools; dizziness; headache; nausea/ vomiting; abdominal pain / cramping or fatigue. Take pregnancy test & notify Dr if your period is 7 or > days late. Can hydrate, use NSAID's for pain or use ginger for nausea. ...Read more
Side effects.: Potential se’s w emergency contraception: tender breasts; changes in menstrual flow (spotting, bleeding, early or late period or spotting instead of period); loose stools; dizziness; headache; nausea/ vomiting; abdominal discomfort or feeling tired. If you develop chest tightness, difficulty breathing, swelling of lips, mouth, throat – call 911. Notify your gyn if your period is 7 or > days late. ...Read more
Yes: It may cause nausea, bleeding and cramping. It also may not work. Follow up with your doctor. ...Read more
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
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