I am Stupid, but the Health Center is Not


Over the summer I had sex without a condom with a boy I did not know who had a lighter covered in Kanye West album art and wrote bad poetry. Needless to say, it was not one of my finest moments, but it happened, and I didn’t think much of it. I got to school and classes started, and things were great until my period was a day late. Naturally, I freaked out. I knew I was plain stupid for not using a condom, to begin with, and the mere idea of being pregnant with a child whose father I blocked on Twitter and hates Lil Yachty made me sick inside. Even though my period was only a day late, I convinced myself and everyone around me that I was roughly 25% sure I pregnant, and that I potentially had an STI. I would not sleep well until I knew I was zygote and disease free, so I went to the health center as soon as I could.

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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Plan B (But Were Afraid To Ask)

We’ve written before about “Learning to Love Plan B,” but it seems there’s a lot of misinformation going around at Kenyon about the actual mechanics of just how emergency contraception works/when you can take it, etc., etc. To put the rumors to rest, we spoke to Kim Cullers, Health Center director and certified nurse practitioner, about some of the more common questions we’ve heard circulating about Plan B. Check out her answers below!


Is there a fixed number of times you can take Plan B? (i.e., “You can only take it three times in your life.”) There is no fixed [number of] times that you can take Plan B, but the manufacturer is quick to point out that, “Plan B should NOT be used as your primary form of contraception.” But there is NO evidence that repeatedly using Plan B is harmful to your health!

Can you take Plan B while on another form of birth control? Yes. We have occasionally provided Plan B to women who are already on the birth control pill if they have been irregular in taking the pills, missed a day or just want the additional reassurance that a pregnancy will be avoided.

Does Plan B only literally work “the morning after”? How long is the window to take it? The package insert for Plan B recommends that you take the medication within 72 hours for maximum protection. There have been studies that report effectiveness even up to five days, but they stress the importance of taking it AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to get the most benefit. An interesting fact that some people may not know … It will not abort or affect a pregnancy if [a pregnancy] has already occurred.

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