While on the topic of virginity, we wanted to issue a reminder that yes, no matter how beautiful/special/awkward/unsatisfying your first time is, if you are a fertile female and have intercourse, there is a chance that you will become pregnant. Additionally, unprotected sex puts you at risk for STI’s. With any partner, it is not possible to be checked for every sexually transmitted infection and many infections do not have symptoms that may be visible. Dick’s house recommends using condoms or dental dams with all sexual activity to help decrease risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection, in addition to helping prevent pregnancy.
If you do have unprotected sex or your contraceptive fails, Plan B can be a great backup. While it does not protect against any sexually transmitted infections, when taken as soon as possible after unprotected intercourse, it can help to prevent pregnancy. It uses a heightened level of levonorgestrel to prevent ovulation and fertilization. Plan B is now available over the counter and can be purchased at the Dick’s House pharmacy. It can be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected intercourse but is more effective the sooner you take it. You may have some spotting and breakthrough bleeding a few days after you take Plan B. If you do not get your menstrual period within 3 weeks of taking Plan B, we do recommend you see somebody at Dick’s House so you can have a pregnancy test. Or, use a condom and birth control, and make Plan B the back up plan to the back up plan!