The Morning After, and a Few Days After That

When you have unprotected sex the next morning you should consider a number of important steps. Call your mom, call your  best friend, call your gyno,? Sure those are all potentially great ways to get yourself protected by the unintended consequences of that action. Firstly, pregnancy protection, secondly STI protection and lastly a plan to get follow up testing to see if you have acquired any infections. STI protection may mean using antibiotics to prevent infections and it may mean using antivirals to prevent HIV disease. For pregnancy protection, we no longer have only 72 hours, but we actually do have up to 5 days to take hormonal protection.  But to get that treatment may require a all to your gyno for an Ella prescription.   The most common variety of morning after pill used is the Plan B, and virtually everyone is safe to take this medication. Even if you and your physician have decided not to put you on ongoing contraception, there are few contraindications to this medication. There has been some question as to whether it is as effective based on your weight, and as always, take a pregnancy test if your period doesn't come on and you have taken a morning after treatment this cycle.

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