I had unprotected sex. What now?

Someone asked us:

My boyfriend by accident came inside me last night, is there anything i can do to not get pregnant? If so what?

Yes, there absolutely is something you can do! You can take emergency contraception — also known as the morning-after pill, which can reduce the risk of pregnancy after sperm gets in contact with the vagina.

Emergency contraception is a safe and effective way to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex. It can be taken up to five days (120 hours) after sex. The sooner you take it, the better it will work. So if your boyfriend accidentally ejaculates inside of you after planning to use the withdrawal method, getting emergency contraception as soon as possible is your best next step.

You can get some brands of emergency contraception, like Plan B One-Step and Next Choice, from drugstores without a prescription. Another brand, ella, requires a prescription from a health care provider.

While withdrawal can reduce your risk of pregnancy, it can be difficult to do it perfectly every time. So the best way to protect yourself from pregnancy is by using a highly effective, regular method of birth control like the IUD or the pill. Answer a few questions and find out which birth control might be right for you with our My Method tool.

And here’s the deal on having sex without a condom: it’s really important that you and your boyfriend get tested for STDs if you haven’t already. Unprotected vaginal sex is high risk for a number of infections, so if you don’t already know your status or your boyfriend’s status, get yourselves tested.