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Should I Get Emergency Contraception?

Published: December 21, 2016
Dear TeenHealthFX,

So my boyfriend and I recently had sex. We used a condom, and he told me didn't feel like he ejaculated, however I am concerned as to whether or not I should be worried. This is mostly because he saw inside the condom upon taking it out, and upon further examination he saw that a trail of clear and shiny moisture appeared to be trailing from the opening of the condom to his pubic area outside the condom. Should I get an emergency contraceptive??

Signed: Should I Get Emergency Contraception?

Dear Should I Get Emergency Contraception?,

Emergency contraception can be used to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex. According to Planned Parenthood you can use emergency contraception to prevent pregnancy if:

  • you didn’t use a condom or birth control method when you had vaginal sex
  • you messed up your regular birth control (forgot to take your birth control pills, change your patch or ring, or get your shot on time) and had vaginal sex
  • your condom broke or slipped off after ejaculation (cumming)
  • your partner didn’t pull out in time
  • someone forced you to have vaginal sex

 

If you do not want to become pregnant and have any concern that ejaculatory or pre-ejaculatory fluid came in contact with your vagina, then that is a situation where emergency contraception would be a consideration. You can always contact your primary care physician or gynecologist to ask about it. Either speak to them on the phone today or schedule an appointment for today You can also go to a local Planned Parenthood health center to discuss this option if confidentiality is a concern.

If you think you might use emergency contraception it is important to act soon. Emergency contraception can prevent pregnancy up to five days (120 hours) after unprotected sex, but it is more effective the closer you take it to the time you had unprotected sex.

For more information, go to the Planned Parenthood article Morning-After Pill (Emergency Contraception).

If you are going to continue to be sexually active, FX would also recommend that you speak with a medical health professional about birth control options. Doctors generally recommend that teens use condoms each and every time they have sex along with a back-up method of birth control such the pill or the birth control shot. Your doctor will be able to make the best recommendations for you. If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers. 

TeenHealthFX also recommends that you and your boyfriend check out the links in our Resource of the Month: Planned Parenthood Resources on Safer Sex so that you can learn about sexual readiness, how pregnancy happens, STDs, birth control, emergency contraception, pregnancy tests and more. The more you educate yourself about these topics, the more you will be able to make healthy decisions for yourself when it comes to your sexual health.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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