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josie
ohk I am not on the pill right now and dont have my period as of now but it should be here in a few days, can I take a birth control pill like a morning after pill even if im not on my period and have never taken birth control pills
pepper
josie, you sound a little confused about the morning after pill and how it's used. my advice to you is to seek some counselling from your doctor or a free clinic. you'll have to do that to get the m.a.p. anyhow and they'll explain to you in great detail how it (and your reproductive system) works.
josie
i think i kind of have u confused lol
see me and my boyfriend are having sex and we did last night with nothing and he said he would pull out but he never did in time :-( so i was just wondering if I could take a couple birth control pills like a morning after pill even if ive never taken a birth control pill before im too scared to go get a mornin after pill
pepper
my answer is still the same, go talk to a doctor or a counsellor at the safe sex clinic. there's nothing to be scared of there, they are there to help you. don't make yourself sick self-medicating with birth control pills, they aren't the same thing as the m.a.p. just like any drugs, improper use can be dangerous and will almost certainly not deliver the results you want.
none of my business, really, but since the two of you are having sex without condoms a visit to the clinic together for testing as well as m.a.p. councelling might be a good idea.
sorry, that's the mom in me talking.
maimy
Too scared to get a morning after pill? Not on ANY FORM OF BIRTH CONTROL?

Sorry, no sex for you. You don't get to think about the consequences AFTER you take the responsibility. You think about them BEFORE you commit to action. That way, you don't create any lives you are not up to nurturing.
pollystyrene
A "couple" of birth control pills ain't gonna do shit, anyway- you have to take a couple at once if you're on them and you miss your dosage time. Maybe you'll feel a little nauseated, but it wouldn't stop conception.

Sorry, honey, but if you're too scared to take the pill, your partner isn't doing anything and you aren't using anything instead, maybe it's time to re-think having sex. If you can't march yourselves down to the grocery store and get some decent condoms or make yourself a confidential appointment with a doctor to learn about sexual health and your birth control options, you're not ready to deal with any of the consequences of having sex, whether it's a curable STD, an incurable one or a baby.

We're not trying to be mean, but think about how serious that stuff is and how easy it is for one of them to happen and how hard it would be to deal with them. Wouldn't it just be easier to protect yourselves and educate yourselves about how it all works?
pepper
omg girls, don't even try to tell me that you haven't had a close call yourselves. take it easy on this chica ok? dang, twice last year i had to wait out the month to see if i needed a pregnancy test. granted, i'm already a mom and wouldn't mind another one. just not right now and not with that fella, but still... it's not like any of us are perfect either. she certainly sounds like she could use some edjumacating but at least she's thinking about it and asking questions.
lucizoe
Unfortunately, the time limit on EC makes the conversation a little bit panicky, you know?

Where are you in your cycle? Have you ovulated? Are you close to ovulating? Are you almost due for your period? If you're not ovulating and you're not close to ovulating, you might not even have too much to worry about. But that depends on you knowing your cycle well...

Josie, if you don't live in one of the bad states (AK, AL, AR, AZ, CT, DE, FL, IA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, ME, MO, MS, MT, ND, NE, NH, NV, OK, RI, SC, SD, TX, UT, VT, WA, WV, and WY), you can go to www.getthepill.com and they'll help you out. But you will have to do a few things - One, you will have to have a credit card. Two, you will have to call your pharmacy and ask the person on the phone if they have Plan B in stock. Three, you will have to go to the pharmacy, pay for the script, and take the pills correctly.

You do have to take responsibility for yourself here, because no one else is going to do it and it's not something to fuck around with. You can do it - it won't kill you.

If you do live in one of the shitty states, then you MUST find a Planned Parenthood or a clinic or call your doctor first thing Monday, and be forceful, because at that point, you'll only have a few more effective hours.

And call the doctor anyway to talk about birth control options.

(I had a broken condom incident last year, while I was ovulating, and I got the EC through the above website. I do live in NY, however, and my pharmacist isn't some fundie asshole, so I had a relatively easy time of it. It sucks that you don't know what your resources are. But at least now, you'll probably not do this again, right? Not worth the stress...)
maimy
Pepp, close calls are one thing. Close calls and "too scared" is a different kettle of fish. If you are not a person who is prepared to (a) use a condom, (b) go to a clinic/doc and get on some form of BCP, or (c) talk to a clinic/doc about the MAP - you should NOT BE HAVING SEX. If that seems harsh, I am not sorry about that. But sex isn't a game, it brings with it a wild array of health issues, risks (shared and interconnected with indeterminate numbers of other people), and decisions. Anyone who is unable and/or unwilling to handle such decisions needs to stick with masturbating. I don't see why expecting the MINIMUM of self-reliance from someone, to handle the well-known possible consequences of sex, is harsh.

Having a scare when you know what the consequences can be, and have considered how to handle them in advance, is not the same thing as indulging in what seems really fun at the time without a thought as to what "fun" entails.
pepper
i know, i know. but remember what you were like as a randy teenager? personally, i was a fucking idiot. a lucky idiot but an idiot none the less. 20/20 hindsight and all that jazz. i just don't remember harsh lectures doing anything other than turning me off from asking for advice. imo it's like telling a 14 year old that they're too young to really know what love is. 14 year olds think they know freaking everything, you can't say a thing to them (not that this girl is 14 or anything, but certainly young) so when they actually ask it means they're actually open to listening.
maimy
Sorry - I was a virgin until I was 20. I had a pretty serious drill regarding consequences from the 'rentals, but I also had a very strong sense of what I would and would not be up for. There was plenty of fun to be had fondling, fingering, dry humping (I swear, some of the loveliest orgasmic experiences I had for years were the learning before I "had sex"). Given that it's eminentily possible to get off in various ways which not only don't endanger anyone's health (even in 1985, we'd heard of AIDS) nor put a girl in danger of becoming pregnant, I have to say - my position stands.

I don't deny that 14-year-olds think they know everything. But I refuse to concede any point that they DO know it, and therefore don't have to answer to the same standards of responsibility as the rest of us. If a 14-year-old's body is susceptible to disease and pregancy, its owner should educate herself (or himself) as to its care and protection. Sex doesn't lose its aspect of responsibility just because someone young is having it.

If someone is open to listening ... are you saying I should NOT say what I am saying?

(Mind you, hon, every bit of this is said with my affection for you intact. Hope this debate isn't coming off badly!!)
pepper
no, i'm enjoying this discussion, it's good. no one has to agree with me for me to like them and like hashing things out. how boring it would be if we all thought alike!
ok, my parents were Very permissive, wasted hippy types so when a boy wanted to sex me up at age 14 i let him do it. repeatedly. now, he was a smart boy and used condoms every time (every time we had sex anyhow). but my next boyfriend was a careless person who never, ever used condoms with me or any of the countless other people he slept with during the two years we were together. i didn't even know HOW to say no to him. or "wait" or "how about" or "shouldn't we" with any kind of force. like i said, a lucky Idiot. dang, i couldn't even be counted on to brush my teeth every night, never mind take responsibility for myself sexually. i also smoked cigarettes and pot, drank copious amounts of coffee, ate a crappy diet, got drunk whenever possible and stayed out all night at questionable venues. oh, and hung out with a scary gang of drug dealing/using and otherwise dangerous punks. oh, and moved out on my own at the wise old age of 16. i was careless in every possible way.
and nobody could tell me anything.
thank the goddess for looking out for me.
and if i had been open to listening i'm still not sure i would have listened to a harsh message from anyone no matter what their intentions. so, no, i'm not saying that you should NOT say what you're saying. a hard head will just let it go in one ear and out the other anyhow. but maybe it'll hit home now and then, kids hear truth sometimes and it touches home with them. in either case, nothing ventured nothing gained. i'm going to go with the soft touch though since it's the only thing that ever really got through to me.
venetia
I agree with Pepper. Josie has already had sex. She is trying to take responsibility now and learn how to protect herself. We're not in her shoes, we don't know anything about her situation or her options.

Saying "Sorry, no sex for you" is going to do what exactly? It is not going to make her jump into her handy time machine and take back the sex.

If someone is doing the right thing now surely that counts for something. If she's anything like me she's already freaked out and worried and learning from this experience.
girlbomb_redux
Really, everybody needs the morning after pill -- personally, I think everyone should get the scrip from their gynos now, fill it ASAP, and keep it on hand. I have an emergency pack pf Plan B on hand, because if my primary method of contraception fails, I want to be ready right away.

But then again, I also have ten rolls of toilet paper in my cabinet, and six extra pallets of cat food. For the apocalypse. :-)
venetia
That's a good idea! About the pill, too, not just the catfood. :-)
sybarite
Josie (if you're still here), I thought Lucizoe's advice was great, hopefully it gave you an idea of your options and you were able to get the MAP. For future reference, taking several BCPs at the same time instead of the MAP does not work the same way. I did that once and felt *really* sick. The hormones in BCP can be seriously bad for you taken that way because they're not designed to be taken all together like that.

And pepper's right; a lot of us have made mistakes, so girlbomb's suggestion that you keep an emergency pack of MAP around is a good one.
catsoup
I work at a clinic where we dispense EC to teens everyday. Sometimes it does get frustrating (for example, she's taken EC every week or so for the past few months and doesn't want to get on BC) but the important thing to remember, the thing I sometimes have to repeat aloud to myself, is she is being responsible now. Yeah, she made a mistake, we all do. But she is doing the responsible thing and seeking out emergency contraception. That's a million times better than doing nothing and just hoping you don't get pregnant. We have to reinforce this message otherwise they won't seek out EC and then we'll have lots of unplanned pregnancies.
allygat0rr
Oh god. Here we go again. My ex-boyfriend ( we recently broke up ) and I kind of had sex. Not really. I didn't really want to, but I felt bad. It was last weekend. He just stuck it in and out maybe three times and then we stopped. He said he didn't pre-cum or anything like that because it wasn't getting him off or something so he "knows I can't be pregnant." but I'm still worried. I had to take an Emergency Contraception pill or whatever on April 17th because I thought he ejaculated inside of me then too. It messed up my cycle so instead of getting my period in the first week of every month, I think I get it around the 20's. At least in May I got it around then. It's only June so it might mix around, but.. I'm still worried. When do you think it will come? Could I be pregnant?
collegegirl
My boyfriend and I had sex last night and he pulled out right before he went, but I know that sometimes pre-cum can have sperm in it and therefore there is a risk of pregnancy. However, I am already on birth control, but do you think I should go get the pill just in case? Thanks!
maimy
What type of birth control are you using, College? If it's the pill, and you're taking it properly (same time of day/night every 24 hours), and you are not on antibiotics or anything else which would disrupt its action, you ought to be okay - in terms of pregnancy (insert caveat about BCPs not protecting against STDs here). If you have any doubts, call your doc or clinic, give every detail they ask for, and listen to what they say. Pronto!
hunibuni
hey ive never been on this site before but i need help urgently! ok here goes...my boyfriend and i were fooling around today and ended up having dry sex he had his jocks on but i had...nothing im a little worried that i could be pregnant do you think it could be possible???
ericamamerica
To whoever posted last: It is extremely doubtful that you have to worry, especially since he didn't ejaculate and you two did not have intercourse.


That said, I'm the idiot here who really HAS to worry. I have NEVER had to take it before because I had always been on birth control and took it responsibly. I'm one of those women who didn't ever even have to worry about unintended pregnancy. Until now.

After my last committed relationship ended, I stopped birth control because I was having some wicked side-effects, and was sure I wasn't going to be having sex anytime soon. I didn't for a long time, then it happened this weekend. We were stupid enough not to use a condom and I am not on birth control. Total idiots.

Luckily I found a place that provides EC and provides it as a walk-in service close to my area. So after work tomorrow I get to drive 1/2 hour to the clinic that is only open two days a week. THANK GOD IT IS OPEN ON MONDAYS. I'll be within the 48-hour timerange. Not ideal, but it's better than 72 or greater.

The sex happened on Saturday. Today is Sunday. 24 hours and counting. It's so stupid because there are hardly any pharmacies open, and the ones that are "don't provide it," or "don't believe in it." I called the hospital and they said that I would have to go to the emergency room and get it from them because, as the pharmacist said in his snottiest tone, "We don't have that Plan B stuff here."

Although I've never had to take it before, I have no problem with its existince. It REALLY is just a big ol' dose of birth control. I don't understand why some pharmacies and/or doctors are hung-up on this. I know I haven't yet ovulated, but according to shedule, I'm due to on the 10th.

When you call some of these places their tone is one that they would take on if talking to a whore and they treat you like the devil incarnate. No joke. I felt like screaming at them because I'm so freakin' stressed out. I wanted to yell, "I am an intelligent young woman! This is my first and ONLY mistake! It just happened, and now I'm trying to deal with it, so stop treating me like SHIT!"

I am so irate over this. mad.gif The tone that the people on the phone take on is totally condescending. "We don't have that Plan B stuff here."

I know I was stupid, and I know I fucked up. I don't need a lecture or reminders about how important it is, blah blah blah. I'm one of those girls who has never had to use it, and this will be my only time. That is what EC is for. Why all the sour attitudes? GOSH. So stressful.
dynamitedamsel


Erica...I totally understand. I had made the mistake of having unprotected sex this weekend as well...he didn't come inside of me, but, I'm all of a sudden worried about pre-ejaculation though because I know how sometimes it happens when I'm going down on him..that was Friday. I wanted to go and get some EC but cannnot seem to find anywhere that distributes it. You are sooo right when you say about their attidudes, so fucking snotty and condescending it just sickens me. For some reason I threw my good judgement right out the window...and I could just fucking kick myself for it.

I just feel like why, I am so much smarter and responsible than this and it was one mistake, my mistake that I'm already beating myself up for...so why should do they need to join in? I stopped BC because with a preexisting condition that elevates my risk of blood clots well, I'm just not allowed to take it anymore....

Well good luck and I sincerely hope things work out fore you
greenbean
Wow, erica, your story sounds a lot like mine. I was on BC for ages then stopped after a long-term relationship had ended. The next time I had sex I totally forgot I was off bc and drunkenly, stupidly, went unprotected (I had been so used to condem-less sex, condoms just werent on my mind).
Luckily, after several phone calls, I found a pharm that sells Plan B. I wanted to kiss those pharmacists!

Good luck erica and dynamite! Dont let those holier-than-thou snots bother you! If anyone gives you shit give em shit back.
cstars124
Can I just say that this is one of the reasons why i LOVE planned parenthood?

The first and only time I ever needed plan b, i was able to just explain why I needed it, got a physical and got the pill. No judgement, whatsoever. And being 20 at the time, I really appreciated the fact that they took my phone number and asked if they needed to call me back, could they say it was planned parenthood? Cause at that point in time, no. No they couldn't.

ericamamerica
I'm still working to get it at the moment. I'm at the 48-hour mark. I called a local medical clinic to try and get in, but they don't have any available appts ... and no matter how bad I need this, I'm not paying the $200.00 copay to go to the emergency room. I then called my regular doctor and was put through to her assistant and I left a message. She called me back right away, and said she was going to talk to my doctor to get her to phone in an Rx for me at the Walgreens. I haven't heard back from her yet, but it's only been about 15 minutes. (It feels like hours though, when you're in my situation!)

I tried going through getthepill.com this morning, and they had just faxed my Rx over to the clinic pharmacy, but then the pharmacy called to tell me that they can't fill it because it is not from one of their doctors. Luckily that pharmacist was nice and told me other pharmacies where I could possibly get it filled. This was right after I talked to my doctor. The clinic pharmacy closes at 6:00 pm (I thought it was 5) and since it was drawing close and getthepill.com can take up to 8 hours to contact a pharmacy, I began to REALLY FREAK OUT (it's 4:30 here.)

Right now I'm just sitting and trying not to cry out of frustration. I had to work from 7am - 3 pm today, so getting up and trying to do this stuff earlier was out of the question. And I work at a hotel, and was the only one on. NOT really the best place to be making frantic phone calls to your Dr.

....and my mom *just* called me and told me she knows what is going on, she said, "it's mother's intuition."

Could this get any worse? I shouldn't say that, because it really could.

Thanks for understanding me, those of you who responded. The last thing I need right now is a lecture or reminder of just how stupid I was . . . this freaking out is punishment enough.
sad.gif sad.gif

ericamamerica
Well, my story ends here (hopefully . . . we'll see around the date of my next expected period, August 24th)

After waiting an hour for my doctor to call, I tried calling her but the women's health was closed for the day. And they never told me whether or not they phoned in my Rx. So I went to the clinic I had getthepill.com Rx sent to (the one where they couldn't fill the Rx b/c it wasn't by one of their doctors) and picked up the fax. I then went to Walgreens and gave the tech the fax, but she then informed me that my dr had called in.

And of course there had to be the hottest pharmacist there - to give me my prescription and explain how to take it. Geesh.

"Isn't it ironic . . . dontcha think . . . it's like raaaaiiin on your wedding day, it's a free ride when ya already paid, it's the hot pharmacist giving you Plan B . . ."

*Deep Breath* at least I have it. And I'll never get myself into this predicament again.
I'm off to go eat dinner and take dose #1 (I guess you should take it after food to avoid nausea.)

I'm here if anybody needs anyone to bounce anxiety off of.

-E
greenbean
Yeah Erica! Take both pills at once, my pharmacist said its safe and will be more effective, especially since youre at the two day mark.

I hear you about the anxiety! Eventhough things are faaaar better now that Plan B is more readily available, I dont think many women will use it as 'plan A' cuz it is so stressful! Man guys are so lucky. If only they knew what we went through after these spontaneous encounters. In fact, after my ordeal I really wanted to call the guy(that I slept w/) and say "you owe me $30!",..but then I realized I was just as irresponsible as he, so I cant play the blame game. Well, lesson learned! Carry condoms everywhere!
ericamamerica
HAHA . . . "you owe me 30 bucks!"

Mine was $41.00. Honestly, on the way out of the pharmacy, I was thinking, "I should be charging for sex!"

Then I realized I sounded like a prostitute! And yes, it was my fault just as much. Guys pretty much clean up and that's that. It's us women who have to run around like chickens with their heads cut off for days (or weeks if you're waiting) afterwards. Geesh.

My Rx packet says to take them 12 hrs apart, but even the sexy pharmacist started to say to take them together. I have read that it's just as effective taken together. I took my first dose at 6:30 pm. Think I should go for the second and get this shit over with?!

-E
ericamamerica
I ended up taking them 12 hours apart, as directed. Done and over with. Sigh. The first one was taken about 53 hours after sex. Second one was taken 65 hours after. Should work.

The only thing last thing on my mind is that I usually know when I ovulate (becaues of the egg-white stretchy CM) (sorry if TMI) I had that the day I was with him - and in copious amounts when we started fooling around. But maybe that was just arousal? OH who knows. Well, at least it is, as I said before, done and over with. Never going to make that same mistake again. Nooo way.
dynamitedamsel
QUOTE(greenbean @ Aug 7 2006, 01:58 PM) *

Wow, erica, your story sounds a lot like mine. I was on BC for ages then stopped after a long-term relationship had ended. The next time I had sex I totally forgot I was off bc and drunkenly, stupidly, went unprotected (I had been so used to condem-less sex, condoms just werent on my mind).
Luckily, after several phone calls, I found a pharm that sells Plan B. I wanted to kiss those pharmacists!

Good luck erica and dynamite! Dont let those holier-than-thou snots bother you! If anyone gives you shit give em shit back.



Thanks so much for your support...wow that sounds corney but I so just needed to say that. I never did find anywhere that provides the plan B, I know there's a planned parenthood but, I wasn't open before my 72 hours were up...God, I could just cry right now. I'm not sure exactly what my chances even are...I got my period the day after? Plus, when we spoke today I could tell he wasn't himself (the Ex is starting shit again) and then we never went out like we were supposed to. I have to call him tomorrow, hopefully things will be calmer by then, I'm not going to mention anything until I'm sure. Plus, what are the chances, is it possible to get pregnant and then get your period the next day? I know, I know I feel so stupid for my mistake and for asking that question; but I've never heard anything about it being possible/not possible.

I was also wandering if I can still go to planned parenthood, get the script and fill it just to have on hand. It's not that I'm worried about making another bad judement call, but, what if my main form of contraception fails? Wouldn't it just be nice to have it.
tatiana
QUOTE(dynamitedamsel @ Aug 8 2006, 09:09 PM) *

I'm not sure exactly what my chances even are...I got my period the day after?
Plus, what are the chances, is it possible to get pregnant and then get your period the next day? I know, I know I feel so stupid for my mistake and for asking that question; but I've never heard anything about it being possible/not possible.

I was also wandering if I can still go to planned parenthood, get the script and fill it just to have on hand. It's not that I'm worried about making another bad judement call, but, what if my main form of contraception fails? Wouldn't it just be nice to have it.


I would think your chances are about as close to zero as you can get. I used NFP for my BC which means you keep track of when you are and are not fertile. The safe period (which varies and is why you have chart) is at least 5 days before and three days after you get your period. It varies of course so you couldn't use that as a hard and fast rule (in case anyone is tempted to try), but I would think if you got your period the next day, you are way past ovulation and couldn't get pregnant.
ericamamerica
QUOTE(dynamitedamsel @ Aug 9 2006, 03:09 AM) *

Thanks so much for your support...wow that sounds corney but I so just needed to say that. I never did find anywhere that provides the plan B, I know there's a planned parenthood but, I wasn't open before my 72 hours were up...God, I could just cry right now. I'm not sure exactly what my chances even are...I got my period the day after? Plus, when we spoke today I could tell he wasn't himself (the Ex is starting shit again) and then we never went out like we were supposed to. I have to call him tomorrow, hopefully things will be calmer by then, I'm not going to mention anything until I'm sure. Plus, what are the chances, is it possible to get pregnant and then get your period the next day? I know, I know I feel so stupid for my mistake and for asking that question; but I've never heard anything about it being possible/not possible.

I was also wandering if I can still go to planned parenthood, get the script and fill it just to have on hand. It's not that I'm worried about making another bad judement call, but, what if my main form of contraception fails? Wouldn't it just be nice to have it.


There aren't any "offical" results, but the EC has been succesful when taken up to five days (120 hours) past unprotected intercourse. Since you DID get your period the very next day, I HIGHLY HIGHLY doubt that you will get pregnant. Of course there are always the exceptions in which a woman conceives during her period, but that is TOTALLY more the exception than the rule. I really do not feel that you have anything to worry about. The way hormones work when you get your period is based partly on the disinigration of the egg. Also, when the uterus is shedding the lining, it is next to impossible for a fertilized egg to implant. (Again, there are rare, RARE exceptions.)

Because you started your period the next day, you're in the clear, I can guarantee that to you with near-100% certainty. It IS still a good idea to get a Plan B Rx just in case. When my doctor called-in an Rx for me, she put one refill down. I may get it filled and keep it around as a spare, but I absolutely do not think I will ever get myself into such a situation again. The stress was incredible.

I feel as normal as can be right now. After all I've read, although Plan B isn't as effective as BC, but it still is pretty dang effective. I'm positive I'll get my next period when it's due.

-E

(I'm still pissed by the fact that Plan B is so difficult to obtain, and by some pharmacist's attitudes. That sickens me. I hope this changes in the future.)
dynamitedamsel


Thanks Tatiana and E. The reassurance you gave me was just great, and I needed that. It's good to know there are some people still left that are willing to awnser my silly questions without passing judgement. I know I was also pissed with the attitude I recieved, but hey what can you do? At least I know that I did the right thing and took responsibility for my irrseponsible actions, and to me that's all that counts. It doesn't matter what the snotty pharmasist who is turning her nose up thinks. Well anyway I am supposed to be meeting CR tomorrow because "we need to talk" according to him about nothing negitive. I am still a tad worried though because that sppech in my mind has never been good.
ericamamerica
QUOTE(dynamitedamsel @ Aug 10 2006, 02:47 AM) *

Well anyway I am supposed to be meeting CR tomorrow because "we need to talk" according to him about nothing negitive. I am still a tad worried though because that sppech in my mind has never been good.


blink.gif Ugh . . . guys hate it when girls "need to talk" - but it definitely goes the other way around! I hate hearing those words. My stomach just drops when I hear them! It sounds funny, but I hope you are having a good, strong period so there isn't a chance of a baby!

Mine isn't due for another two weeks.
ericamamerica
Just popping in here again to add . . .

That I hate stupid Plan B. Yes, it may have saved me from an unplanned pregnancy, but I've had some irritating after-effects from the hormone jump it caused.

Soon after taking it, I was very sleepy and my boobs got sore. Two days after I took it, on the day I was supposed to ovulate (according to cycle trends), I had barely-there cramps and started bleeding. That was on Thursday. Today is Sunday and I'm still bleeding moderate to heavy - and my period was not even due until August 24th. Who knows when it'll show up now. My boobs are sore, and I'm BLOATED BLOATED BLOATED. I'm so ANGRY because I am bloated. It makes me feel so freakin' fat.

At least I know I'm not preggie, though. That would be impossible.

So I just wanted to warn anybody who reads this thread because they are considering taking it, that it may cause more irregular bleeding than the prescribing information describes.

It may just be me though, as I always have been highly sensitive to birth control pills. I become very bloated with some types of birth control. I tried a few different kinds of pills and the patch before I finally tried NuvaRing, which was the only method that didn't make me so dang bloated.
dynamitedamsel
QUOTE(ericamamerica @ Aug 10 2006, 10:54 PM) *

blink.gif Ugh . . . guys hate it when girls "need to talk" - but it definitely goes the other way around! I hate hearing those words. My stomach just drops when I hear them! It sounds funny, but I hope you are having a good, strong period so there isn't a chance of a baby!

Mine isn't due for another two weeks.



Yeah, well it really was nothing negitive...he just wanted to appoligize for not returning my call as he was so stressed about his divorce and the custody issue that , well, in his words, I just didn't want to involve you in all that shit. I'm glad it wasn't anything more serious and I told him to never use those words so casually again because they scare the living hell from me. Ok, my period wasn't too heavy, and I'm thinking about taking a pregnancy test if I'm even a day late for September. I know there are the early detection ones but how early can you take them?
ericamamerica
WOMEN!

The FDA has approved Plan B for over-the-counter sales - so it will be available without a prescription! Do you know how much ANXIETY, worry, running from pharmacy to pharmacy, and money this would've saved me a few weeks ago!

Article


Here is the official FDA announcement:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
P06-118
August 24, 2006
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FDA Approves Over-the-Counter Access for Plan B for Women 18 and Older
Prescription Remains Required for Those 17 and Under

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced approval of Plan B, a contraceptive drug, as an over-the-counter (OTC) option for women aged 18 and older. Plan B is often referred to as emergency contraception or the "morning after pill." It contains an ingredient used in prescription birth control pills--only in the case of Plan B, each pill contains a higher dose and the product has a different dosing regimen. Like other birth control pills, Plan B has been available to all women as a prescription drug. When used as directed, Plan B effectively and safely prevents pregnancy. Plan B will remain available as a prescription-only product for women age 17 and under.

Duramed, a subsidiary of Barr Pharmaceuticals, will make Plan B available with a rigorous labeling, packaging, education, distribution and monitoring program. In the CARE (Convenient Access, Responsible Education) program Duramed commits to:

Provide consumers and healthcare professionals with labeling and education about the appropriate use of prescription and OTC Plan B, including an informational toll-free number for questions about Plan B;
Ensure that distribution of Plan B will only be through licensed drug wholesalers, retail operations with pharmacy services, and clinics with licensed healthcare practitioners, and not through convenience stores or other retail outlets where it could be made available to younger women without a prescription;
Packaging designed to hold both OTC and prescription Plan B. Plan B will be stocked by pharmacies behind the counter because it cannot be dispensed without a prescription or proof of age; and
Monitor the effectiveness of the age restriction and the safe distribution of OTC Plan B to consumers 18 and above and prescription Plan B to women under 18.
Today's action concludes an extensive process that included obtaining expert advice from a joint meeting of two FDA advisory committees and providing an opportunity for public comment on issues regarding the scientific and policy questions associated with the application to switch Plan B to OTC use. Duramed's application raised novel issues regarding simultaneously marketing both prescription and non-prescription Plan B for emergency contraception, but for different populations, in a single package.

The agency remains committed to a careful and rigorous scientific process for resolving novel issues in order to fulfill its responsibility to protect the health of all Americans.

For more information on Plan B and today's action, please see: http://www.fda.gov/cder/drug/infopage/planB/default.htm.

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runnergirl
Hey ladies! I have a question. Alright, I'm on the pill and my boyfriend and I always use condoms when we have sex as well, because we want to be safe...and also because I had several close friends get pregnant in high school and I'm paranoid. So my dermatologist put me on a new pill called Oreaca for acne, which she told me was an anti-infammatory and not an anti-biotic, so that way I could stay on it an extended period of time and it wouldnt hurt my body or I wouldn't grow immune to it like an anti-biotic. She really made a big deal out of it not being an anti-biotic. I started taking it on Thursday. Friday the boy and I were feeling frisky but we were fresh out of condoms. So we 69'd and I came first. When I moved up to kiss him we decided to put him in me for just a second to see what it was like without condoms. I didnt think much of it because I was on the pill. I know that he had some pre-cum because I had tasted it. Then I finished him off in my mouth... Two hours later we were fooling around and he was putting it around down there....but I made him use a condom. Then I get the drug facts on Saturday...( because I had been taking sample pills) and they said all over it that Oreaca IS an ANTI-BIOTIC. I know that decreases the effectivenes of the pill...and I know he didn't come in me. I also only had taken 2 pills of the anti-biotic. Do you think I'm ok? Its just that there was possibly no pill and no barrier! I know this probably sounds crazy...but I feel like I was lied to by my doctor..and well could have easily let him finish in me that night..which would be REALLY scary!
_octinoxate
Hey runner. I can see why you'd be freaked out, and it's great to be safe not sorry, but I think you're fine. A doc once told me that the interaction between bc and antibiotics was "theoretical". Another explained that yes, there is some minimal interaction, but it only *reduces* the effectiveness of bc somewhat, it doesn't negate it. Also, they say that the interaction only happens during the first week starting the antibiotic, and the first week of being off it. (So if you're still freaked out, I'd stop taking the antibiotic for the next 2 days, before you get a high level of it in your system.)

You should be fine. Try to relax (I know it's tough!).

Still, it is irresponsible of your doctor to not give you the full information. The first doc to put me on antibiotics for acne did not tell me about the interaction either. It should be standard operating procedure to tell young women about this shit (eg, assume we're on the pill instead of assuming we're not!) and save us the worry.
runnergirl
Thank you so much...I'll try to relax! Its my finals week!
maddy29
wow, this realllly pisses me off. i have a friend who got pregnant when she was on the pill, because she was taking some sort of medication that the dr. told her would NOT interfere at all-later she finds out that it does reduce the effectiveness of the pill. she ended up having the baby, marrying the father, they are ok now but it was a really horrible thing and very stressful. she also has bipolar, and a degenerative eye disease, so an unplanned pregnancy was a HUGE thing.

grrr to bad doctors sad.gif

runnergirl-i'm so impressed by your caution, that's so awesome! i know what you mean about being paranoid-tha'ts why i finally got an iud because i just was too worried about missing a pill, etc. but tha'ts so great that you are being so responsible about sex!
skippyfox
Hi. I just read through some of these posts and I kind of have a similar problem. I know it is probably silly of me but I am REALLY paranoid. A few nights ago my boyfriend fingered me and I think he had sperm on his fingers. The next day, I got my period so I figured it was okay... but it was really light. I was still really worried so I took the morning after pill that same day, and it caused my menstruation to stop. Is that normal? Is there a chance i could be pregnant?
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