Medical Q&As

Emergency contraception

I would like to know if there is any risk of me becoming pregnant, as I recently engaged in heavy petting with my boyfriend, and fear the possibility of sperm on his hands. Although there was no imminent evidence, could there be a chance that sperm could reach my egg? The incident occurred a day before I should have started ovulating. Do I need the morning after pill?

The risk of becoming pregnant in your situation is minimal. However, if you wanted added peace of mind it would be reasonable to go for emergency contraception. I am using the term “emergency contraception” rather than “morning after pill” because the contraceptive medication can be used up to 72 hours after sexual contact. Your question raises the possibility that if you’re present level of sexual activity continues you are certainly at risk of becoming pregnant in the future. So you either stop or get good advice on appropriate contraception.