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I think my period has come three weeks early (one week after taking morning after pill) is this normal?

By Anonymous December 2, 2012 - 7:17am
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After having unprotected sex twice last week I unfortunately had to go get the morning after pill twice. Last nite I started having cramps and a bit of bleeding (quite dark) This morning it has turned more red and became heavier with the cramps still there (just like first day of period) My periods are always like clockwork and I am aware the morning after pill can muck up cycles but is it normal for it to cause period to come so early or could I be pregnant? Secondly having made the mistake last week I went and got myself the pill but was instructed not to take it until the first day of my next due period (3 weeks away) If this is an early period should I take it now or wait until the first day of when my period was due?

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Dear Anon,

One of the side effects of the morning after pill is a change in period. This can make it come sooner or later. However, because you were instructed by your pharmacist to take it with your next period, you will have to call your doctor and ask him/her when the appropriate time is to take the second pack. 

I would also advise you to look into a form of regular birth control since Plan B is only an emergency medication and is not meant to be taken regularly. 

Best wishes,


December 2, 2012 - 7:28pm
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