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Chances Statistically

Published: July 01, 2013
Dear TeenHealthFX,

I had unprotected sex at the end of March. 1) the guy did not ejaculate in me 2) I took the morning after pill 3) I have since had 2 episodes of bleeding, one which was quite heavy 4) I take Accutane However, I do feel nauseated in the morning, and am fatigued. What are the changes that I'm pregnant, statistically?


Dear Chances Statistically,

The fact that you take Accutane and are having unprotected sex is the most significant issue here. Just so our readers will understand the significance of this issue TeenHealthFX is going to take a moment to educate our readers on this issue.

Accutane is has been a very effective medication for adolescents who have suffered from severe acne. It has made a huge difference in a lot of young people’s lives. The one significant drawback is that Accutane can cause severe, life-threatening birth defects. Accutane should never be used if you are pregnant. In 2005 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) started requiring patients (including men) who take Accutane, must participate in a risk-management program called iPLEDGE. You must be registered in the program and sign documents stating that you understand the dangers of this medication. Women of child-bearing potential must agree in writing to use two specific forms of birth control and have regular pregnancy tests before, during, and after taking Accutane. Unless you got the medication off the Internet you would have had to agree to these conditions. The program was started with two goals (2):

  • To ensure that no pregnant woman starts taking Accutane
  • To ensure that no woman taking Accutane becomes pregnant

 

There are a number of variables that make it difficult to predict the effectiveness of the “pull out method. Failure rates vary from 4% - 30%. The manufacturers of Plan B report that when taken as directed within 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected sex or birth control failure, it can significantly decrease the chance of pregnancy. About 7 out of every 8 women (87.5%) who would have gotten pregnant will not become pregnant.

 

You need to be seen by a doctor right away and have a pregnancy test done. Most likely your doctor will have a serious conversation with you about responsibility and whether you should continue taking Accutane.

 

Here is one statistic that we are sure about. The amount of protection from sexually transmitted diseases by the “Pull Out Method” and emergency contraception……0%

 

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health in Morristown 973-971-6475 or the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health in Summit at 908-522-5757 for an appointment. Outside of this area you can contact Planned Parenthood or a local teen health center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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