I had unprotected sex I took next choice however I didn’t take the second pill 12 hours later instead about 14-15 hours later should I worry about this? Should I buy another emergency contraception pill

22. August 2012


You should be okay. Just remember that emergency contraceptive pills are not 100% effective even when used perfectly. A lot has to do with the timing of the sexual intercourse in relationship to your ovulatory day. If the sex occurred just before, during, or just after your period, pregnancy is less likely. If the sex occurred mid-cycle, pregnancy is more likely. If you ever need to use a 2-pill course of emergency contraception again, we recommend that you take both pills at the same time.

If you are a week or more late for your next period, take a pregnancy test. If it is negative, repeat the test every two weeks until you have a normal period or a positive test test result. In the meantime, do not continue to have unprotected sex. Either abstain from sex or use condoms from start to finish for every act of intercourse.

Please remember that emergency contraception should not be used as a regular method of birth control since it is less effective than other methods.  If you are going to continue to have sex, you may want to think about using a regular form of birth control.  If you live near one of our offices, please call us for an appointment to discuss your contraceptive options. If you live further away, contact the Family Planning or Planned Parenthood office closest to you.

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