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sex on 10th day of bcp, is it safe to take morning after?

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Hello, Since i got the answer that it usually takes 2-3 weeks for BCP to give effective protection.. and since i had unprotected sex on the 10th day of usage only.. is it safe to take a morning after pill while still taking my BCP normally? Thank you

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replied January 6th, 2013
Birth Control Answer A41389
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Taking emergency contraceptive pill while being on hormonal contraceptive use is not contraindicated. Emergency contraceptives work in preventing pregnancy only if taken within 48-72 hours of unprotected sexual contact and they continue to give you effective protection for the next 12 hours (after taking last pill). If you can take the ECP (emergency contraceptive pill)/MAP (morning after pill) within 48 hours of your unprotected intercourse, it should help in preventing pregnancy (provided you are not sexually active after taking it). The withdrawal bleeding usually occurs within 5-7 days of taking ECP indicating that it has worked (which may not occur if taken close to period). Since the ECP contains high dosages of hormones, it can disrupt your normal hormonal and period pattern causing bleeding abnormalities and delay in periods. You can also consider taking the regular birth control pills in dosage recommended for emergency contraception within 48 hours of intercourse. Wait and watch for your periods which can be delayed. Look out for development of any other new symptoms if pregnancy is suspected. If pregnancy is suspected, or if you miss your periods, or if you have abnormal periods, consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist at the earliest for thorough examination (to confirm pregnancy related changes/signs in body) and blood/serum HCG level test (to confirm/rule out pregnancy accurately). If pregnancy gets ruled out, and if you are not ready for pregnancy, but intend to remain sexually active, you should consider visiting your gynecologist to get started on suitable regular birth control measures to be protected (after your periods). Be regular with birth control use as instructed. Avoid having unprotected sexual contact if not ready for pregnancy, and avoid repeat use of ECP. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. Drink plenty of water. Take adequate rest. Maintain healthy diet and lifestyle.
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