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Emergency Contraceptive & late period

By Anonymous June 25, 2011 - 8:34am
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I am now 3 days late. I typically have very regular and heavy periods. My last period started on May 25th. I had unprotected sex twice, June 12th and 19th, however, my partner did not ejaculate either time. I started spotting and having some brown discharge around June 20th. On the 22nd (the day before my period was due to start), I started to get worried, so I went to planned parenthood and took an emergency contraceptive, Next Choice. I continued to have brown discharge, but now it has completely stopped and I never started my period. Although I did have all the normal signs that I was going to begin my period (lower back pain, cramps, etc.) I have taken 3 pregnancy tests and they are all negative.

My question is can the EC pill make your period late? I am super worried. I have been stressed lately due to work and school, but can that affect your period? Since my period is technically 3 days late, wouldn't the HPTs be accurate? Or can the EC affect the results?
Any suggestions or information you can provide would be greatly appreciated.


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Your welcome KL,
Remember that the stress levels can certainly be causing the delay too. I swear anytime I have missed a period and stressed about pregnancy, took a pregnancy test and realized there was no pregnancy, I would start my period the next day. Keep us posted on what your doctor says. Good luck.


June 26, 2011 - 9:55am
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Hi Anonymous,
The simple answer is yes, emergency contraceptives are well known to cause irregular periods for at least two cycles and this is very common. If you have taken 3 pregnancy tests, I would rest assured that you are probably not pregnant.

Stress about missing your period, school, work and everything else that causes us stress will certainly affect your periods as well. Stress will cause many serious issues over time. The best thing for you to do now is relax and not worry about pregnancy as 3 pregnancy tests and taking the emergency contraceptive were your best possibilities.

For future reference, have you considered taking birth control? Using condoms? You should always use condoms to protect yourself but birth control will certainly help with pregnancy concerns also. I hope this helps. Good luck.


June 25, 2011 - 9:35am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Thank you for your quick response. I do appreciate the feedback.
I know that after three negative tests, it should be pretty obvious that I'm not pregnant...but its pretty odd for me to miss a period. So, I will try to relax and continue to monitor. I'm also going to schedule an appointment with my gyno next week.

I am completely aware of condoms and birth control. I have used nuva ring previously, but have not been sexually active for months. These past incidents were, needless to say, not planned. When I make the appointment, I am also going to start taking birth control again. Not only does it help with the whole pregnancy thing, it actually helps decrease the cramps I have during my period normally.

Again, thank you for your reassurance on this matter!


June 25, 2011 - 1:01pm
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