Condom Broke? Know Your Plan B And Other Emergency Contraceptives
I think many of us have been in these awkward and really scary situations. The first scenario is you just had a steamy sex session with your partner (but you have no plans of having a baby, and so he decided to put on the condom), but after your hot session, you realized-the condom broke, or it has fallen off!
The second scenario is you and your partner (or a friend or acquaintance) is having a very intense make out session which you both know would lead to a passionate lovemaking session later on. But the catch is, you do not have any condom with you!
Despite that, you still went with it, and the next morning, you woke up worried you might get pregnant.
Now, are these two scenarios quite too familiar for you? If you have been in that situation, you may have been scared and worried about what might happen in the future. But before you go into full mode panic attack, we are here to tell you that there are some things that you can do to minimize your chances of getting pregnant even if the condom failed you or if you have no condoms on hand.
There is what we call the morning after pill (some people also call it a day after pill), and it is one of the most popular emergency contraceptives in the market today. And if you wish to take advantage of it, here are some of the things that you should know about it and other emergency contraceptives.
1. The Types
The first type is a copper Intrauterine device. It is inserted into the vagina and will act both as an emergency contraceptive and a long-acting contraceptive as well. The other two forms come as pills-Ella and Plan B. Plan B pill is the most popular because it can be purchased over the counter while the purchase of Ella would require a prescription.
2. How It Works
So how do these emergency contraceptives minimize your chances of getting pregnant even if you have had unprotected sex? The active ingredients in these products have the ability to stop your ovaries from releasing eggs. As a result, there will be no eggs that will meet the sperm, and so pregnancy will not take place even if the sperm has gotten into your reproductive system.
3. How to Take It
Just like any medications, these contraceptives will work only if they are taken properly and on time. To enjoy 75 – 89% effectiveness, you should take Plan B within 3 days of having unprotected sex. On the other hand, Ella will give you 85 % effectiveness if you will take it within 5 days while the Copper IUD must be implanted within 5 days too.
4. The Chances of Getting Pregnant
As you can see from the information that we have mentioned above, the contraceptives are not 100% effective. It means that there is still a chance that you might get pregnant even if you have taken these emergency contraceptives. Doctors recommended that you take a pregnancy test around three weeks after taking these contraceptives to see if you got pregnant.
If you have already noticed early symptoms of pregnancy such as nausea, swollen and tender breasts, vomiting, fatigue, weird food cravings or aversions and frequent urination, it is best that you take the test earlier than three weeks (or as soon as you have noticed the said symptoms).
5. The Side Effects
Just like the other medications that we take, the use of these contraceptives may also come with a few side effects. Some of the usual side effects associated with these contraceptives are vomiting, nausea, dizziness, breast tenderness, headaches, as well as an upset stomach. And since these medications have an effect on ovulation, you can also experience the following symptoms-delayed menstrual period and irregular bleeding.
6. More Information About Plan B
Plan B is available in different brands, and the number of pills in the package may vary depending on the brand that you have bought. In short, there are brands that have only one pill in the package, and there are brands that have two.
The important thing that you should know about this is that all brands contain the same ingredients and will, therefore, give out the same effects.
If you have bought a brand with two pills, the label may indicate that you should take two pills one at a time, with a 12-hour interval. However, experts recommend that you take two pills, all at once. In this way, you can minimize the chances of you forgetting to take the pill later on (which makes the contraceptive less effective or not effective at all).
To address this, Plan B has now released a new and reformulated product called the Plan B One-step that comes as just one pill that contains the combination of the hormones that you may find from the original two pills.
7. Other Concerns
Here are other possible things that might happen when you take these contraceptives along with some tips on how you can manage them:
- As mentioned above, nausea and vomiting are two common side effects of the contraceptives. If you vomited within three hours of taking the pill, it is a must that you take another dose again, and you must do it as soon as possible.
- If you plan on having sex for the next four days after taking emergency contraceptives, it is recommended that you use another back-up birth control method like condoms.
Having an unwanted pregnancy may just be the worst thing that can happen to any woman. This is most especially true if you have a bright future (or strict parents who might kill you) ahead of you. Lucky for you, the condom is not the only contraceptive that you can use. The contraceptives mentioned above can come to your rescue even after you have had sex unprotected. Just make sure that you take them at the recommended time or that you will follow the instructions provided.
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