I had unprotected sex – now what?

When you have unprotected sex – by using no birth control or a condom that breaks – you are taking a chance with your health. Many things can result, not the least of which is a sexually transmitted disease or an unplanned pregnancy.

You do have options, but not all of them are good for you. Some can have long-term negative consequences. It’s important that you get accurate information so you can make the best decision for you.

You may have heard about the morning after pill, a so-called emergency contraceptive usually taken within the first 72 hours after intercourse to prevent pregnancy. Also known as Plan B®, Ovrette®, Cryselle® or Alesse®, it is actually a very high dosage of the birth control pill, and when it is used properly, prevents or ends pregnancy. It may prevent or delay ovulation and/or it may interfere with fertilization of an egg. It also is possible that this type of emergency birth control may prevent implantation of a fertilized egg in the uterus by altering its lining.1 Interestingly, it comes with a pregnancy test, but no urine PT will show positive until 7 to 10 days after conception; therefore, a positive PT at this point means you  may be pregnant from an earlier sexual encounter.

There are serious health risks with the morning after pill. Short-term, you may experience nausea and vomiting, irregular and unpredictable menstrual periods, breast tenderness or blood clots. Long-term side effects are more serious: ectopic pregnancy (when the fertilized egg implants in the fallopian tube), infertility, and possible cancer from chemicals taken in such high doses.1 Keep in mind that the morning after pill does not protect you from any sexually transmitted diseases either.

Rather than risk your health, we encourage you to avoid the morning after pill. If you are pregnant from a previous sexual experience it can seriously damage the life inside you, not to mention what can happen to you yourself.

If you find yourself in this situation, please come and see us at Reach Out Pregnancy Center. We would love to talk with you about your options.

1www.webmd.com/sex/birth-control/plan-b

2 The Truth About Emergency Contraception, Focus on the Family.

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