... will it still work even though I didn't not take it the 3 rd day like the doctor said ??
I took levonorgestrel on my 4th day of unprotected sex but my doc said to take it on the 3rd day?
Added 6 Sep 2013:
My question is will it still work even though I took it on the 4th day instead of the 3rd ?
No, your dr told you by the 3rd day because that's as long as it works. Why didn't you listen to him? You need to get on the birth control pill if you're going to be having unprotected sex. The morning after pills aren't meant to be routine birth control, you can't keep taking them over and over.
Emergency contraception works best the sooner it is taken. After 72 hours (3 days) the chances that the emergency contraceptive can work is greatly decreased. Once an egg is fertilized and embedded into the uterus, pregnancy is in progress and emergency contraception will not terminate a pregnancy in process. this process takes about three days to happen, that is why it is crucial to use the EC(emergency contraception) within 3 days of sex. By taking it the fourth day, you are beyond the crucial time. Some studies say EC may work up to 5 days after but taking it in the first 72 hours gives you the best chance to avoid pregnancy. Chances are pretty good that you didnt get pregnant. In a cycle, a woman has about a 20% chance for pregnancy each time she has sex, so there is still a 70% chance for not getting pregnant. EC raises that to about an 80% chance. If you take regular birth control pills, your chances for pregnancy are less than 1% so around 99% effective if taken perfectly. If you manged to avoid pregnancy this time, you may want to look into getting onto a reliable method of birth control like the Pill
- Levonorgestrel Information for Consumers
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