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Dawn Stacey M.Ed, LMHC

Did Cupid Catch You Unprepared?

By February 15, 2014

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Amongst the hearts, flowers, candy, and love, it is easy to get swept away in the romance typical of Valentine's Day. Maybe Cupid's arrow caught you off guard? If you found yourself in this situation, where the love potion took over, and you engaged in sexual intercourse without thinking about contraception, it is not too late to take steps to reduce the chances of a potential pregnancy.

Although people may be aware of emergency contraception, many do not take advantage of this option because they think it is too late. Now that the flowers are beginning to wilt and maybe some of that chocolate is melting, it is time to think about prevention. Plan B One-Step (emergency contraception) is now available over-the-counter to people of any age, and it can be taken up to 3 days after an act of unprotected intercourse.

If conceiving a little cherub was not the gift you were hoping for this Valentine's Day, then learn about the steps that can be taken to help prevent this from taking place. The sooner you seek emergency contraception, the more effective it is - there is still time!

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February 15, 2012 at 10:17 am
(1) Forever Grateful says:

You are a lifesaver. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Needless to say, I was hit by cupid’s arrow and (like a complete idiot I might add) had sex without any birth control. My boyfriend only had one condom and the rim tore off as he was putting it on. Not that its an excuse, but I guess I was influences by the champagne and the romance and agreed to have sex anyway. The next day, panic could not even begin to describe my mental state. My Ob-GYN office was closed the day after Valentine’s Day and all of a sudden, valentine’s day didn’t seem all that romantic anymore. My friend told me to search the net to see how I could get the morning after pill. I had heard of this before but had no idea what it really was or if it even really existed!When I found your blog, I felt as if the greater powers at be were on my side. Now that I knew I needed “Plan B One-Step” I went straight for the closest drug store. The pharmacist was so nice and helpful, checked my ID (I’m almost 20) and sold it to me. I even took your advice and used an anti-nausea medication before hand, so I only felt a little sick to my stomach after taking it. I guess now I need to just wait and hope that it worked. I am still scared, but at least I know that I did everything I could (after the fact). I would have probably found out this information somewhere, but your blog was so perfect to my situation. I appreciate that you try to think outside the box and offer advice beyond just telling us what the birth control method is. You seem to “get” your readers.
Forever Grateful

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