I take a daily birth control pill but my boyfriend still wants me to take a plan b every time we have sex. I'm taking about 4-6 plan bs a month along with my birth control. Should I've worried about all these hormones?
You tell your boyfriend if he thinks it needs to be taken , he should feel free to do so. He's crazy, making you take all those hormones. If you're taking your pill correctly you are way more protected by the pill then any protection plan b can give you. If he's so afraid of pregnancy, then he shouldn't be having sex. And that would be my deal, you want sex, it will be without taking plan b. Plan B is not magic and is totally unecessary in this instance.
Ok I dont usually come on here and announce myself as a nurse but I am an RN(25+ years) with a long history of working in a family planning clinic. What you are doing is VERY dangerous! Yes, it is too many hormones. Birth control hormones are not without side effects and some of them can be life threatening especially in high doses. High doses put you at risk for cancer, blood clots and strokes! This is just insane! Okay, if he doesnt trust the Pill (birth control pills) he can always wear a condom as a back up. No birth control is 100% but when oral contraceptives (the Pill) are taken correctly meaning every day at roughly the same time of day, they are 99.9% effective so less than 1% chance of pregnancy!!! Plan b, on the other hand is only about 80%- 95% effective so your daily birth control is FAR better at preventing pregnancy than Plan b. I dont know WHY everyone seems to be under the delusion that Plan b is the "be all-end all magic potion" that prevents all pregnancy because this is far from the truth (their PR person is an absolute genius and they are making billions of dollars on this stupid stuff). It is only slightly better than using nothing at all when used alone as the sole form of birth control! Using Plan b, which is a HUGE blast of hormones, with birth controls daily hormones is going to have your cycle so screwed up, plus make you a raving psychological mess and it makes your risk for blood clots and strokes go up exponentially and puts you at risk for developing cancer. I hope to God that you dont smoke because that REALLY makes things worse! It is really stupid to take Plan b when you understand how hormonal birth control works. Here is what you need to explain to him. Plan b is a huge blast of hormones designed to delay ovulation for a few days. Sperm live in the female body, just a swimmin' around looking for an egg to fertilize and they live about 3-4 days. If you were on no form of birth control, Plan b may help delay ovulation long enough for sperm to die and this could possibly prevent a pregnancy. If you have already ovulated, it doesnt do much of anything. It wont terminate a pregnancy already in progress! This is one of the reasons that it is not very reliable for regular birth control (also the more you use it during a month, the less effective it becomes). ALSO consider that a woman is ONLY fertile around the time of ovulation so this is only 3-4 days a month, so ONLY on these three to four days a month do you have the ability to get pregnant. This is why not all sexual encounters end in pregnancy. Women on NO birth control have about a 75%-80% chance of pregnancy at any time sex occurs. Now remember Plan b only offers a efficacy rate of 80-95% so not a great deal more than just winging it and hoping for the best (but it is certainly worth it if it if it works and prevents a pregnancy) it is extremely expensive and it is hard on your body. We have established this. Now keep in mind, Plan b only DELAYS ovulation. Birth control pills (or "the Pill" for simplifying things) prevent ovulation!!! YOU DO NOT OVULATE WHILE YOU ARE ON THE PILL IF YOU TAKE THE PILL CORRECTLY!!! So tell me WHY THE HELL you need to take something to DELAY ovulation if you do NOT ovulate!!! It makes absolutely NO sense to do this! Birth control pills first and for most stop ovulation. If there is no egg released, there can be no baby even if we piped semen into to you night and day! NO EGG=NO BABY! Plus, the Pill also decreases uterine lining. In women of child bearing age, each month she builds up a nice bloody, plushy lining inside her uterus to nourish and protect a fertilized egg until the placenta can form. Most months, no egg is fertilized so this lining is not needed and so it is shed and this is what we see when we menstruate or "have our period". Birth control pills reduce the build up of this lining. It is drier and not so bloody and plushy and this is why your period is usually lighter and shorter when you have been on the Pill for a while.The menstrual blood may contain more clots and tissue rather than liquidy blood. It may also be older blood so it looks darker and may even be brown or black instead of bright red. This thin lining is inhospitable to the fertilized egg (in the event one happens to occur) so the cells cant burrow down into the plushy lining and are not protected so they are expelled from the body without you ever knowing fertilization occurred. Another way the Pill prevents pregnancy is that it changes cervical mucus and makes it thicker and stickier so sperm find it more difficult to "swim" to find the egg (if one would happen to occur which is unlikely) so remember, sperm only live about 3-4 days so in this time they have to swim, swim, very fast in a unsuitable environment (the vagina and uterus is very acidic and too warm to be a good place for sperm to live) to try to find the egg and most die long before they ever get near an egg. This is even more so when the cervical mucus is very sticky. It would be like us trying to swim in a pool full of glue instead of water. Not conducive to getting pregnant easily. So three ways the Pill works! YOU DO NOT NEED, IN ANY WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM PLAN B WHILE ON THE PILL!!! No birth control is 100% effective but the Pill is as CLOSE as it gets! Sterilization is also about 99.9% effective, the same as the PIll, the difference is that sterilization is permanent. So get it into his THICK head that it is only bad for YOU to take Plan b. It is not offering "extra" protection! It is just slamming your body full of way too many hormones every week. This is going to HARM you! You are going to wind up getting a blood clot or having a stroke or ending up with cancer. Plan b was NEVER meant to be used like this and certainly NOT this often! Seriously! If he feels he cant trust birth control pills then he can always wear a condom if he feels the need for "extra" protection. A condom is not necessary but if it makes him feel better, by all means! But you STOP taking Plan b!! If he cant abide by that then NO SEX!! this is one of the MOST ridiculous stories I have ever heard and this is only ONE in a long list of reasons why I am of the opinion Plan b should NEVER have been made over the counter! Too many people do stupid things and misuse this drug and it is not without consequences! About once a year I hear about the death of a girl from having a stroke or pulmonary embolism as a result of taking hormones from birth control. You need to stop this now! If he cant abide by this then he shouldnt be having sex or he can use a condom and take the "extra" protection onto his own self!
- Plan B Information for Consumers
- Plan B Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Plan B (detailed)
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