Within 72 Hours
For women that are not on birth control, it is advisable that they take emergency contraceptive within 72 hours of having sex without protection. In fact, it is best to take the contraceptive sooner, about 24 hours after the intercourse. But, it is not necessary if you are already on birth control.
If you suspect that you might have been exposed to HIV, do not hesitate to alert a health professional. They can provide prescriptions for Post-Exposure Prophylaxis. This 28-day prescription for all genders can hinder the ability of HIV to gain control of your system.
Other steps to take within 72 hours of having unprotected sex include:
- Checking for any unusual vaginal discharge, odor, itchy or painful sensation
- Talking to a close friend or therapist if your mental state is altered
2 Weeks after Unprotected Sex
Although you can know whether you are pregnant after the first week of missing your periods, it is advisable that you book an appointment with your doctor for accurate pregnancy tests. It is also recommended that you undergo screening for STIs and watch out for symptoms of the same.
6 Weeks to 6 Months after Unprotect Sex
Even if the tests came out clean in the preliminary stages, it is recommended that you visit the doctor again. If after six months you are not confirmed to be pregnant, there is no cause for alarm. But, some STIs can stay dormant in the body for many years. Thus, annual STD tests and safe sex are still advised.
While people have many reasons to engage in unprotected sex, make sure that you use condoms and other means of ensuring safe sex in your future encounters.