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Dear Tuffy Luv,
Me and my partner had sex with a condom and by mistake condom broke and I didn’t realize. So later I bought Yasmine contraceptive pills, which contains 21 pills, and my partner took it. Are there any chances of getting pregnant?
Tuffy’s. Bloodpressure. Slowly. Rising.
JM, I was going to rip you a new one, but I have decided instead to use your unbridled ignorance as, like, you know–a cautionary tale.
Why the hell would you write to an advice columnist about an emergency that is time sensitive?! Boy, this letter is from WEEKS ago and I am just now seeing it–it is now WAY too late for me to actually give you advice. I hope for everyone’s sake that nothing terrible happened to you and your ladyfriend. May you be safe and happy and baby-free.
What you SHOULD have done is actually researched an answer. You could have even gone and asked your local pharmacist. You also could have gone to Planned Parenthood’s website.
How, by the way, did you get prescription meds without a prescription?! And, by the way, that’s not only a legal issue. You don’t know your partner’s medical history or issues–she should NOT be taking prescription drugs without a doctor okaying it.
For the rest of you, here’s the info:
JM gave his girl Yasmine. As it turns out, and here’s something Tuffy did not know, you actually can prevent pregnancy by taking SOME oral contraceptives in larger doses. Unfortunately, Yasmine is not one of them. Here’s a list of the ones that do work.
But, um, still not a great idea. What you should ACTUALLY do is get your hands on emergency contraception. It’s a pill you can take that prevents pregnancy if you take it within five days after doing the deed unprotected. It’s not 100%, but the sooner you take it the more likely it is to work.
Keep in mind that EC is NOT abortion. It prevents the sperm and egg from ever getting together. If you’re anti-abortion and you’ve had unprotected sex, you should take emergency contraception RIGHT AWAY to PREVENT having to make that difficult decision.
How do you get it? Planned Parenthood says:
“Plan B One-Step and Next Choice [two brands of emergency contraception] are available from drugstores and health centers without a prescription for women and men 17 and older. If you are interested in getting emergency contraception and are 17 or older, you can either get it directly from a Planned Parenthood health center or from your local drugstore. If you are younger than 17, you’ll need to go to a health center or private health care provider for a prescription.”
Got that? If something goes wrong and you end up having unprotected sex, get thee to some emergency contraception.
For more information, please, PLEASE check out Planned Parenthood.
And, kiddies, Aunt Tuffy worries. Please be safe. Use condoms. Don’t forget–without condoms, babies may be the least of your worries.
Hearts & Skulls,
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