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okay, so I had sex with my boy friend on the day after i got my period. The condom broke. What should I do?

Accidents happen — that’s why we have the morning-after pill (also known as emergency contraception). The morning-after pill is a safe and effective way to prevent pregnancy after unprotected intercourse. It can be started up to five days (120 hours) after unprotected intercourse.

Plan B One-Step and Next Choice — brands of the morning-after pill — are available from drugstores and health centers without a prescription for women and men 17 and older. If you’re 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’re younger than 17, you’ll need to go to a health center or private health care provider for a prescription.

We all like to be prepared. That’s why it’s a great idea to keep some emergency contraception in your medicine cabinet or bedside table in case of an accident. Having the morning-after pill on hand will let you take it as soon as possible after unprotected intercourse, when it is most effective. If you’re younger than 17, you can ask your health care provider for a prescription that you can fill ahead of time.

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