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Delayed period from taking Nordette? Are these early signs of pregnancy?

By Anonymous April 17, 2015 - 5:22pm
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I had protected sex but the condom broke inside me, so I took Nordette as an ECP (4 pills, then 4 pills again after 12 hrs) on MARCH 6. I started bleeding a little over 7 days starting MARCH 12, a little lighter than usual for my regular menstruation. On MARCH 21, I took more Nordette as a precautionary measure because when we had sex, he wasn't inside me, but the condom broke outside, so we aren't sure if it broke inside or out really.

I was due to have my period originally on April 9, but until now (April 18), I still havent bled. I know ECPs have the effect of delaying a girl's period but I'm only aware of a one-week delay. Is it because I took Nordette twice in 2 weeks?

*I've been experiencing normal signs before I got my period before: Sore nipples, vaginal discharge, white tissue-like shedding seen after urination.
*I had been under stress from academics but already had sufficient time to rest and relax so I hoped it would regulate my bleeding again

I'm really scared, and I'm praying these aren't signs of early pregnancy. I wanted to ask for an opinion before I take a PT. Hopefully you can give me some reassuring news/advice :(

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Hello and thank you for sharing your question.

First of all, Nordette is a monthly oral contraceptive NOT an emergency contraceptive.  In order for this pill to effectively prevent pregnancy it needs to be taken properly.  

The directions are as follows: the first pill is taken the first day of your period.  Then, the rest of the pills must be taken consecutive days no more then 24 hrs apart around the same time every day until the pack is finished.  Then the next pack begins immediately the day following.

If the pill is not taken as instructed it will not effectively prevent pregnancy.  Since these pills contain hormones your cycle will be disrupted because you did not take the pills properly.

You are most likely not pregnant, but you can take a pregnancy test to be sure.

Examples of emergency contraceptives you can take in the future would be: Plan B, Postinor 2, and Morning-After Pill, to name a few.  Read to directions and side effects before using!


April 18, 2015 - 10:54am
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Correction and additional info:

I had my period on the predicted date, March 12 for around 8 days. On the 21st, we had sex again, didn't realise the condom tore and I took Nordette again within 48 hrs. I started bleeding on the 28th (day 17 of my cycle) and it lasted up to 5 days (medium to light, not like my usual period which becomes really heavy on the 2nd day). Is it withdrawal bleeding? My new period? Or an early sign of pregnancy? :((

April 17, 2015 - 8:39pm
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