I am religious with taking my birth control pills but somehow skipped a day. I took two when I noticed (the one I missed plus the one for that day) but because of the fire alarm being pulled in my building I took both 10 min later than I typically would have. I’m almost at the end of my second row. My long distance boyfriend is coming up tomorrow for 4 days and we never use condoms. Should I take a plan B pill after having sex the first time? Am I protected still since I missed one pill (even though it was ten minutes late)? What if we have sex multiple times over the next four days, will a plan b cover all of them?
What do the instructions for your particular birth control say? With many brands you are covered if you take 2 the next day.
If you put the name of your pill into the search field of this website, it tells you what to do under Dosage, if you miss a pill.
Plan B is a huge dose of artificial hormone for your body to deal with. It's meant for total emergencies, & it's not as reliable as regular hormonal birth control. It's simply worth a try in an emergency.
Plan B is likely to give you a lot of hormonal side effects, such as bleeding, & other symptoms you'd get with a period or pregnancy, for example. It can also mess up your menstrual cycle for months, in some cases; especially if you use regular hormonal birth control, too.
You need to take Plan B as soon as you can after intercourse, to give it a decent chance of helping you. You're also not covered for any sex you have once you've taken Plan B. That's the official line from the Manufacturer.
If you're worried you're not covered against pregnancy, then I'd suggest condoms, or another barrier method. Check what your particular pill advises in such circumstances.
- Plan B Information for Consumers
- Plan B Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Plan B (detailed)
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