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The condom broke and I just started birth control pills 10 days ago. What should I do?

Asked by silverlining (78points) January 30th, 2011

My last period was January 18th, and then I started the pills two days later (the 20th). This morning, the condom broke.

I have been reading different things: Some people say the pills are effective within 7 days, others say a full month. My gynecologist had said a month. I called her office, but since it’s sunday they’re closed. I was thinking about getting plan B, is that necessary? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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MyNewtBoobs's avatar

Plan B is available Over-The-Counter (but usually behind the actual counter, you have to ask for it) at any pharmacy. Oral birth control pills need 6 weeks to fully regulate your hormones. Get some Plan B from your pharmacy.

marinelife's avatar

You need to talk with a nurse or doctor. See is Planned Parenthood has a question line or one of the area hospitals does.

lemming's avatar

Get the morning after pill! Quick!

Baddreamer27's avatar

I had this happen recently. My doctor stated if I have been taking them as prescribed for at least a week then it should be fine, but not 100%. He basically said it is up to how I feel. If I definately want a 100% satisfaction knowing I wont get pregnant and I 100% know I dont want to be pregnant then to take the Plan B. When you ask for the Plan B check with the pharmacist about the length of time between the accident and taking the pill. I think Plan B is effective for up to 72 hours after the accident, but not sure. Meaning, if its beyond 72 hours since the condom broke then Plan B wont do anything to prevent pregnancy.

silverlining's avatar

Thanks everyone. If I take plan B today, should I also take my regular Birth control pill tonight?

Baddreamer27's avatar

Ask the pharmacist…I think you still continue to take your normal pill, but I may be mistaken and it could be you wait until after and start all new b/c

Rarebear's avatar

Here are the answers to all your questions

“It is recommended that a regular method of contraception be started immediately after Plan B One-Step™, since
Plan B One-Step™ does not reliably protect against pregnancy beyond the day it is used. Check with your healthcare professional for instructions on taking your oral contraceptive. You should not deviate from the directions for use of your usual contraceptive.

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JLeslie's avatar

Rarebear is the doctor, so his advice counts most. But, personally, I think it is very unlikely you are pregnant. Pills work right away, each month is a new month of hormones, then you stop, bleed, and start a new month. What is tricky about the first month, is women sometimes are not in a good routine and are more likely to not take it consistantly at first, and most people start on a Sunday, rather than a specific day of the cycle so you are less likely to menstruate on a weekend, so the first month is not a perfect hormonally controlled month.

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