Birth Control/The pill.

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"Hi , I'm 16teen years old, i had recently had sex with my partner , and he had told me the condom kinda slipped off , i had went to a clinic for a plan B , and the doctor suggested me to take birth control pills , i agreed and i have been taking them for days now , i don't feel comfortable taking them. my partner and i had decided not to have sex until the future , we only had sex that one time. , if i stop taking them , will it be bad ? would it affect me ? will i end up pregnant ? I'm just worried about my self ending up pregnant . please help!"

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Dear Veronica,

Thanks for your message. You say you had recently started taking birth control pills but would like to stop and are wondering how that would affect you and chances of pregnancy.

The only way you would be pregnant is if you had unprotected sex within a day or so of stopping the pills. However, as you say you have not had sex in a few days and at that time you took plan B, there is no way you could be pregnant in this situation.

It's definitely safe to just stop the pills now and not take any more.

Whenever you do decide to start having sex again, keep in mind there are a lot of options besides the pill and you can take your time to look into them to see which one works best for you and your partner. Feel free to email me again in the future if you have any other questions.

I hope this helps.

Take care,
Allison

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Allison Macbeth

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I can answer questions about how to choose which method of contraception is right for you, how to deal with mistakes, effectiveness, and emergency contraception. I also have training in HIV, STIs, and sexual health education. I cannot tell you what is the right choice, but I can tell you the pros and cons of each method to help you make an informed decision for your circumstances. If you have had a condom break or had unprotected sex and need emergency contraception please call you local Planned Parenthood or check out not-2-late.com.

Experience

I have been working in the field of sexual health for a decade with specific training in contraception, STIs, HIV, and sexual problems. I have worked in several Planned Parenthood-affiliated charities, telephone helplines, research, education, and currently work for a local health authority evaluating HIV programs in the city.

Publications
Macbeth, A., Weerakoon, P., Sitharthan, G. (2009). Australian Parentsí Opinions about School-based Sexual Health Education. Sexual Health. 6, 328-333. I write a weekly advice column for Morning Quickie website which can be found here: http://morningquickie.com/category/madame-x/

Education/Credentials
I have a Masters in Applied Science (Sexual Health) where I did research on sex education in schools and at home with parents and young people, as well as many counselling skills courses.

Past/Present Clients
I have worked extensively with young people under 25, people living with or affected by HIV, and parents.

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