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03 May 2004

re: Emergency Contraception help!!!!!!!
Hi Doc
Please advise I have had unprotected sex with my partner at least 4 times in a space of 1 week,he was very reluctant to use condoms,and we experimented with a vibrator as well.
I have taken the emergency pill after every session,21/4,23/4,28/4 and 30/4/2004.We were active on the 30/4/2004 until the morning of the 1/5/2004.I took the last emergency pill at 1.30 pm and then at 8pm on the 1/5/2004.
We have now decided to abstain until my next period where I can take the pill,my question,do u think I over did it with the emergency pill,I know he was selfish in not using condoms,but I guess it just happened.
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01 Jan 0001

Emergency contraceptives are exactly what the word says: emergency. I don't know so much about selfish sounds more foolish to me.

Emergency Contraceptive Pills (ECPs) are certain combinations of particular birth control pills taken within 72 hours of unprotected intercourse to prevent pregnancy. While repeat use of ECPs have no known health risks, you may already be familiar with temporary side effects when you took them last; some women may have changes in the amount, duration, and timing of their next period, while others may experience nausea and vomiting.

You ask what your chances are of getting pregnant. One's chances of becoming pregnant cannot be predicted precisely since so many variables are involved. However, based on the information you provided, a couple of influential factors can be considered to help narrow the estimate of your risk of pregnancy. For example, did the unprotected intercourse happen during the most fertile days of your cycle? Typically, this period runs from five to six days before ovulation through the day after ovulation, with a 10 – 30 percent chance of becoming pregnant. If you're getting your period this weekend, you may or may not have already ovulated during this cycle. However, it is likely that you have already ovulated. If you know for sure that you have ovulated, and if the condom broke after ovulation ended, you're probably at low risk for pregnancy. Given that there is still a small possibility of becoming pregnant, using EC again may be of benefit.

It also makes sense to consider other birth control options since ECPs are not intended to be used on a regular basis. They are not as effective as other methods of contraception that are used consistently and correctly. It can be helpful to talk with your health care provider about which method may work for you and your partner. For details about these other methods, search through the Sexual Health archive.

Please find a reliable method of contracpetion or else you will definitely fall pregnant.

Dr Elna McIntosh

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