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07 Jul 2005

Condom split - the morning after?
I have recently switched pills to Minerva after taking Dianette for 9 years - I started the new pack on the first day of my period which was Saturday and therefore have now been taking the active pills for 6 days however last night me and my boyfriend had sex and the condom we were using for "extra precautions" as recommended by my gynae split - do you think I should get the morning after pill just in case as I really do not want to get pregnant at this time.?

Do I need to get a prescription for the morning after pill and how soon do I need to take it?

Please help as I am really worried..
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01 Jan 0001

CM,

To start of with, did you immediately swith from Dianne to Minerva, or was there a delay inbetween courses? If you simply switched from one to the other without stopping oral contraceptives (OC) completely inbetween courses, then (if you didn't skip a tablet) there would be no reason to worry or to take the morning-after pill.
If, however, this is the first time in a while that you are taking a OC and this is your first pack, then emergency contraception can be prescribed should a tablet be missed or an unfortunate event such as yours happen during the first 7 active pills, although some debate that it's not needed. Active pills should be restarted 24hours later – Additional precautions (e.g. abstinence or condoms) should be taken for the next seven days.

Morning after pill e.g. Norlevo or E-Gen-c is available over the counter. If you decide to take it, it should be taken within 72 hours of the actual deed, but the sooner the better.
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