Hi, I started my first pack birth control about a month ago. I'm on the sugar pills right now. Last night I had sex with my boyfriend without a condom. Could I get pregnant because I'm only taking the sugar pills? I haven't started my period yet and today is day 4 of the sugar pills. I also want to know if it'd be dangerous for me to take plan b or if it'll interfere with my birth control? Please help
If you have been taking all the active pills correctly, on time with no misses, you are still protected during your "off" week when you take the reminder pills. No birth control method is 100% effective, so Hollylaine is correct in saying there is a slight chance but if you take your pills perfectly, on time every day, you have a less than 1% chance of pregnancy. Since this is your first pack, there are a few things to remember that you may have missed when they talked to you at the clinic or Drs office. If you miss a pill, do NOT take Plan b (some may argue with me on this one but I dont agree with taking a huge blast of hormones like Plan b when you are already on birth control hormones). If you miss a pill, you should use condoms and spermicide for seven days (or just not have sex).
Also, keep in mind that some drugs, especially certain antibiotics, reduce the effectiveness of the Pill so if your Dr puts you on ANY antibiotic, be sure to use condoms AND spermicide the whole entire time you are on antibiotics and for seven days after you finish them. It is important to use spermicide with condoms in case of a leak or a break, the spermicide will help to kill sperm on contact. Spermicide is not effect enough to use alone though, it just helps condoms to work more efficiently. When you are current on your birth control pills and have been taking them correctly, condoms are not necessary for contraception (birth control). They tell you to use them to prevent STDs. If you are with a new guy and you are not sure of his sexual history, you should insist that he use one no matter what he tells you! If you are with one guy and you know he is disease free, you dont have to use a condom (unless there is a reason to need back up). Of course, using a condom does help with that percentage of effectiveness but some women just dont like the feel of condoms and dont enjoy sex with them and that is what birth control is for! Most cases of birth control failure is due to "user error". A woman misses pills or doesnt use back up when she should. Your birth control pill should come with a "patient instruction" leaflet. It is a good idea to read over this every month just to remind yourself. They give you a lot of instructions when you are at the clinic or doctors office and it is a lot to take in so rather than make a mistake, refer to your patient leaflet or you can always ask myself or Kaismama here on Drugs.com. We will tell you what to do. You can always send a private message to one of us if you prefer. I am usually on her M-F and Kaismama is on here pretty much every day. I will friend you so that you should be able to send me a private message if you want to. We are both well versed in most kinds of birth control and human anatomy so the only "dumb" question is the one you dont ask! :)
- Plan B Information for Consumers
- Plan B Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Plan B (detailed)
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