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Can you Use Emergency Contraception Plan B as your Primary Form of Birth Control?

It is not a good idea to rely on Emergency Contraception such as Plan B for pregnancy prevention. For one thing, at about $50 per dose in your local pharmacy, and you may experience side effects such as nausea, vomiting, and irregular periods within a day or two of use.

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Do Birth Control Methods or Pills Cause Infertility?

No, birth control pills or other methods are not linked to cause infertility.

However, If you only want to delay pregnancy for a few months, steer clear of the birth control shot, Depo-Provera: It can take up to 10 months for fertility to bounce back once you stop the shot, but it will return. The reality is, the day after you quit taking most birth control types, it is possible to ovulate and conceive.

 

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Are Women Least Likely to Get Pregnant Right After their Period?

Unfortunately, women can get pregnant anytime in their cycle, even if they are on their period. This is because women can save the sperm for long duration of time and use it when the next cycle starts. 

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What to do If Your Birth Control Ring Pops Out

You have a three-hour window to wash the ring and pop it back in before you need to use backup birth control like condoms. If it's been more than three hours and you're in the first two weeks of your cycle, wash it and put it back in, then use backup birth control for the next 7 days.

If you're in the third week of using the ring and it has been out for more than 3 hours, toss it. You can insert a new ring immediately, but since this starts a new cycle, you'll likely miss your period or have some breakthrough bleeding.

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Do Men Feel IUD in Women's Vagina?

Men cannot feel the IUD itself, since it's implanted in the uterus, but some patients have complained that their man feels a slight poke from the string used to remove the device. This is because sometimes the string is a little too long and passes from the cervix into the vagina.

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How Important is it to Take Birth Control Pill on the Same Time Every Day?

In terms of preventing pregnancy, it's not a crucial step to always take your pill at the same time each day. The only exception: if you're taking the mini pill, a progestin-only birth control pill which must be taken at the same time every day. However, most women take the regular birth control pill, which contains a combination of estrogen and progestin, and are not time sensitive. You can miss a day and catch up while still being protected, so a few hours won't change the effectiveness.

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What to do if You Accidentally Skip Birth Control Pill?

It all depends on what kind of oral contraception you're on and how much time has passed. If you take a combination estrogen-progestin pill (the most common type of birth control pill) and less than 24 hours has gone by, just pop the next pill as soon as you realize your blunder, and you should be covered. If it's been more than 24 hours, take two at the same time and use a backup birth control method like condoms for a week, just to play it safe.

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If you Get a Yeast Infection from Ring or IUD, should you Use Backup Method of Birth Control

If you do not take the ring or IUD out, you do not need to be on backup birth control method. Intravaginal medications, like ones you would take for a yeast infection, will not interact with the ring or IUD.

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What to do if the Condom Breaks or Slips off Inside?

First make sure to remove the broken or lost condom by feeling around with your fingers, hooking a finger onto the latex, and pulling it out. If you're worried about pregnancy prevention, you'll also want to get emergency contraception as soon as possible, like Plan B.

As Plan B is effective at preventing pregnancy when taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex. But it decreases in effectiveness after that, so the sooner you get it, the better chance you'll have at preventing pregnancy.

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Is Withdrawal or Pulling Out a Reliable Method of Birth Control?

The withdrawal method, or "pulling out," isn't the most effective way to prevent pregnancy, and it offers zero protection against sexually transmitted diseases. According to a 2008 study in the journal Contracption, the failure rate for withdrawal (the percentage of people who got pregnant while using this method in a given year) is about 18%, while the failure rate for the pill and condoms is 1% and 2% respectively (with perfect use). It's not as bad as you might think, but it also depends on how good your withdrawal timing is.

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