Should I take Plan B? Any OB/GYN Bees out there?

posted 2 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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41847 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

LeonardLady:  This is the information I have

<h3>What if I forget to take the ring out?</h3>

If you are using the ring in a cyclic way (3 weeks on, 1 week off) and you leave the ring in for up to 4 weeks, remove the ring, throw it away, and wait 1 week before you insert a new ring.

If you are using the ring in a continuous way, and you leave the ring in for up to 4 weeks, remove the ring, throw it away, and insert a new ring.

If you are LESS than 48 hrs. late with inserting a new ring and you are sexually active:

  • Insert the ring as soon as possible
  • Keep the ring in until the scheduled ring removal day.
  • Emergency contraception (EC) is not usually needed but can be considered depending on day of your cycle.Talk to your health care provider HCP to find out if you should have a pregnancy test or if EC is needed.

If you are MORE than 48 hrs. late with inserting a new ring and you are sexually active:

  • Insert the new ring as soon as possible
  • Keep the ring in until the scheduled ring removal day.
  • Use back-up contraception (condoms) or avoid sexual intercourse until a ring has been worn for 7 straight days.
  • Talk to your health care provider about whether you should take Emergency Contraception (EC) . Let your HCP know the week of your menstrual cycle.
Post # 4
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901 posts
Busy bee

**Not a doctor**

 

But if I’m reading that right, technically you wouldn’t have been covered from week 4 to 5.5. If you had sex anytime in week 4 or after you could have gotten pregnant. Of course, depending on ovulation. Plan B is only effective up to 72 hours after sex. So it would cover you for tonight if you weren’t already pregnant. 

Post # 6
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2576 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2006

I think you should take a pregnancy test soon just to be sure you aren’t pregnant already.. You weren’t covered for over a week and a half technically. I’d be safe. 

Post # 7
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901 posts
Busy bee

LeonardLady:  Sorry you’re sick 🙁 But that’s good news! lol

Like you said, I would take it just to be safe. Also, Target as different brands. One is around $50 and the other is around $30. 

Post # 8
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Newbee

LeonardLady:  When I was still in grad school and paying for the expensive nuvaring, my doctor on campus told me that I can actually keep it in for 4 weeks, then remove it for 1 week for my period,  and then put in a new one (total of 5 weeks). This allowed my 3 nuvarings that I would buy at one time to last longer.  

When I saw a new doctor at Kaiser, she told me the same thing without me even asking.  Now that I’m working and my medical insurance pays for my nuvaring, I still do the same thing.  Just habit. 

 

Post # 9
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273 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2025

LeonardLady:  Health insurance covers Next Choice (same as Plan B) for free. You can try asking your doctor to send a prescription to your nearest pharmacy (walgreens/cvs?). 

  • This reply was modified 1 year, 11 months ago by  bphi163.
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