As your mother should have told you, "wrap it up!" Never have sex without a condom.
But in the rare instance where birth control didn't make it into the bedroom, there is an approved form of birth control that is becoming more common on college campuses and drug stores worldwide.
THE MORNING AFTER PILL
Actually the morning after pill can be more effective by taking it sooner than the next morning. The "Plan B" is a one-dose regimen that contains 1.5 milligrams of levonorgestrel, which is used in lower doses in many birth control pills. If you take it within 72 hours after you've had unprotected sex, Plan B One-Step can reduce the risk of pregnancy by up to 89%. If you take Plan B One-Step within 24 hours, it is about 95% effective.
Side effects of the morning-after pill typically last only a few days and may include:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Breast tenderness
Although the potential for sexually transmitted diseases is not alleviated, at least the stress of an unwanted pregnancy is.