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I'm 1 week late to my period but I took Take Action Emergency Contraceptive

By Anonymous September 24, 2016 - 4:55am
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I am 17 and had sex for the first time on August 27th and took the Take Action emergency contraception 1 hour after the event. Then I experienced a light 2 day bleeding (which I read is a side effect of the emergency contraception) on September 2-3. My period was due on September 18th and there has been no signs whatsoever. I read that most women got their period earlier than usual when they took the ec, and I read on another website that a woman got her period 2 weeks later than usual. It is now September 24th and I am 6 days late of my usual period and I am terrified. Although for the past couple of days I have been experiencing slight cramps, sore breasts, and some white discharge, most of the time I know that these are signs of my period coming but now I have no clue what it is. I plan on getting a test soon but I am just absolutely scared of the result. I cannot sleep properly and I am not eating well, please help me reassure myself.

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Hello and welcome to EmpowHer,
The most likely reason why you read that women usually get their period earlier is because girls usually mistake the bleeding after taking EC as their regular period. In fact periods are usually irregular after taking EC and sometimes missed altogether. There is cause for alarm. You are not pregnant. Your period will return to normal soon.

September 24, 2016 - 9:31pm
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