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Health Information For Teens
If a condom broke and I had ejaculated, could a pill help my girlfriend not get pregnant?
Yes. Condoms rarely break, but it does happen occasionally. In that case, emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs) may help your girlfriend avoid pregnancy.
There are different types of ECPs, often called the morning-after pill. One type, levonorgestrel (brand names: Plan B and Next Choice), is available over the counter to people age 15 and over. It works up to 5 days after having unprotected sex.
The other type, ulipristal acetate (brand name: Ella), is available by prescription only. Ella may be more effective at preventing pregnancy than the levonorgestrel pills and also can be taken up 5 days after unprotected sex.
If you’re interested in ECPs, your best bet is to call a doctor, nurse practitioner, or health clinic right away. Or, if you or your girlfriend is 15 or older, you can buy levonorgestrel ECPs over the counter at a pharmacy.
To find out who can provide or prescribe ECPs in your area, visit the website for The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals.
Emergency contraception is most effective when taken as soon as possible after intercourse, although some studies have shown that ECPs can still work up to 120 hours after intercourse.
Taking ECPs is not a guarantee against pregnancy. And ECPs don’t prevent sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). So if a condom breaks (or a couple has unprotected sex), it’s a good idea to see a health provider to talk about birth control and get tested for STDs.
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This site offers information on numerous health issues. The women’s health section includes readings on pregnancy, labor, delivery, postpartum care, breast health, menopause, contraception, and more.
This site from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America has information on relationships and sexual health for teens.
This site provides teen pregnancy facts, resources, and prevention tips.
Planned Parenthood offers information on sexually transmitted diseases, birth control methods, and other issues of sexual health.
Before you consider having sex, you need to know how to protect yourself. Read this article to get the basics on birth control.
You’ve probably heard lots of discouraging news about sexually transmitted diseases. The good news is that STDs can be prevented. Find out how to protect yourself.
Find out what the experts have to say.
Some birth control methods work better than others. This chart compares how well different birth control methods work.
Emergency contraception is a way to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex; for example, if a condom breaks or slips off during sex. It is also available to teens who are forced to have unprotected sex.
Before you consider having sex, you need to know how to protect yourself. Read this article to find out how condoms work – and how well they protect against pregnancy and STDs.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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