Ask the Health Educator: Plan B

Question from June 24, 2015

I’ve been on birth control for 8 days but had unprotected sex, should I still take plan b?

ANSWER:

It takes 7 days for birth control to become effective. If you had unprotected sex on day 8, you are likely protected against pregnancy. If you had unprotected sex before 7 days, you may be at risk for pregnancy. Plan B must be taken within 5 days of unprotected sex. If it has been less than five days, please come in as soon as possible for Plan B. If it has been more than 5 days, wait 2 weeks and then take a pregnancy test. If you have more questions, please text or call your nearest clinic.

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