So on Tuesday, March 29, I had sex at around 1:30 and the condom broke. It was my first time as well so I was absolutely terrified. About 5-6 hours later I managed to get my hands on the Plan B pill but it says it's not as effective for women weighing over 75kg and I'm 77kg so I'm freaking out. Lately I've started feeling a pain in my lower back on and off, along with cramps and diarrhea. I didn't feel any symptoms of the pill I don't think, but I'm expecting my period in the next 3-4 days. I'm just really freaking out and I'm so nervous, I can't get my mind off this. What should I do? Do you guys think I'll be okay? I called the kids help line and they helped me figure out that I had most likely already ovulated before the incident and they said that is also in my favour, is that true?
Most women ovulate somewhere around Day 14 of their cycle (the first day of your period is Day 1) but not everyone. Some are sooner are later, so unless you learn how to note the signs each day & monitor yourself for a couple of months, in order to work out when your ovulation is, then it can never be relied upon.
The cervical mucus that comes prior to ovulation, can preserve sperm for up to roughly a week before ovulation, in some cases. That means that sex you have a week before you ovulate, can be saved for when your eggs descend (ovulation), & then be fertilised, so you become pregnant.
Sperm can be present in pre-ejaculation/pre-cum, even if your partner has urinated since his last ejaculation (at one time it was thought that this could remove left over sperm & prevent pregnancy from pre-ejaculatory fluid).
Condoms rarely just 'break'. They are tested to high standards, so it is mostly down to 'User Error'.
Always nip the end tight with your finger & thumb as the condom is put on, & hold it like that whilst you roll the condom down the penis, This prevents any air getting trapped in the tip, leading to it bursting during intercourse.
When he has ejaculated, you need him to withdraw before he becomes 'soft'/loses his erection, & he needs to hold the base of the condom on his penis, whilst he withdraws, to prevent it slipping off inside you.
He should NEVER keep going once he's ejaculated, as he will become soft inside you & the sperm will slip out of the condom, even if the still thinks he's 'quite' hard. If he wants to keep going, then he needs to put on a new condom & very carefully, so he doesn't get sperm on the outside of it, for when he puts his penis back inside of your or around the entrance to your vagina.
When putting on condoms, you both need to take care not to snag them with fingernails/piercings etc.
If you are over the weight for Plan B, then you need to ask for the EllaOne pill. Same thing, but for heavier women.
Plan B might still work for you, but it's not as likely the more over the specified weight you are.
Normally, if taken within 12 hours of the unprotected sex, Plan B is around 90% reliable at preventing pregnancy, so not as reliable as regular hormonal birth control.
It is common to get lots of hormonal symptoms after taking Plan B, as it is a HUGE dose of artificial hormone for your body to handle. All of the symptoms you've mentioned can be hormonal symptoms, so they're very common.
It's also likely that your next period will be late. Plan B does that sometimes. For most women it's up to about a week late, but for others it can be more.
Plan B can sometimes cause irregular bleeding before your actual period, too. Sometimes it's just a brown/pink discharge, & other times it's heavy.
If your cycle is very regular & you always get your period on time, then it sounds like you probably had already ovulated, so should be okay.
- Plan B Information for Consumers
- Plan B Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Plan B (detailed)
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