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Will emergency contraceptive work if sex is after ovulation?

Can any of the emergency contraception options work if sex was after ovulation? I had sex (with a condom issue) on day 20 of my cycle. My cycle varies between 21-23 days. Do any of the options (next choice or ella) prevent implantation? Or is it so late in my cycle that there is no risk of fertilisation because no viable eggs exist? I am 41. It is now hour 60 after the condom broke. I waited to see if my period would arrive but it hasn t yet. Research seems to doubt whether next choice would work after ovulation, but that Ella might. I can t tell the pro lifer agenda from the anti and wanted medical advice rather than newspaper reports. I don t know whether to take Next Choice today (I have 12 hours left to hit 72) or take Ella in the next day or two if my period doesn t come. Thanks for your help.
Asked On : Sat, 23 Mar 2013
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Thank you for posting your question here, I will try to answer it to the best of my abilities.

Normally, you can only get pregnant if you have unprotected sex during the time when you are ovulating, if ovulation has already occurred that means you cant get pregnant in this cycle, this is what was taught to me by my teachers, so unless I was taught wrong, you should be okay.
But taking an emergency pill wont hurt your chances, as such I recommend you take the ella pills, since they work upto 5 days after unprotected sex.

I hope this answered your question.
Answered: Sun, 14 Jul 2013
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