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How do I know if Plan B worked?

By October 2, 2012 - 6:36pm
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I have a question. I've seen similar questions except I did NOT take the Next Choice within the 72 hours. I was exactly 14 days after my period (28 day cyle). We had sex unprotected. This was Sunday 9/23 @ 1am and 9/23@ 4 am. I read online that you have up to 120 hours for Plan B to be effective. I took it on Wednesday 9/26 @ 1PM (82 hours later). No side effects until today (10/2, 6 days after the pill). Very light spotting. "Normal" period would have started on the 6th (4 days from now) . Is this a sure sign that the pill worked? How do I know if this is "spotting" or a lighter, earlier period.

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I had unprotected sex around the time of ovulation which was the 2nd and took plan b maybe a hour later I got what I thought was my period on the 9th but i wasnt due for my period until the 18th. I had a couple more accidents the 16th-19th and 22nd-23rd then my period ended up coming the 24th what's going on?!

December 26, 2012 - 12:12pm

Thank you. I was misinformed, as the websites all indicate up to 120 hours, but then on the box it did in fact say 72, so I panicked. Thank you for your response.

October 3, 2012 - 9:05pm
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Hi Anonymouse 757,

Welcome to EmpowHER.  According to next choice, it's mostly effective If taken within 72 hours (3 days) of unprotected sex, sexual attack, or a known or suspected contraceptive failure.  Some women may experience spotting a few days after taking Next Choice.  You might need to take a pregnancy test, when your period is due to know if you are not pregnant.

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