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IS it okay to start birth control pills right after using next choice?

By Anonymous December 23, 2010 - 7:19pm
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Hi there, I was off bc pills for a month because I ran out, the last part of the month I had unprotected sex because I was expecting a period. Then I got scared that maybe my cycle was screwed up and I wasnt really about to get my period, and so I went and bought next choice and took it as instructed within the last 24 hours of the 72 hour period. That next night I experienced some spotting.The next day I started my regular Loestrin bc pills, which was yesterday, and so this is the second day I took my bc pill, and this evening Im experiencing cramping, lower abdomen pain. Also bleeding more regularly in the last 12 hours. Should I continue taking my bc pills, or stop all together?? I do not have a healthcare provider. Thanks for all your help, is spotting a sign of not being pregnant? Because this is the time I expected a period anyway

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Hi Anonymous,
Taking emergency contraception can alter your menstrual cycle a bit. However, you should stay on your birth control regardless of when you took next choice. Don't stop taking it unless directed by the doctor who prescribed it. Where are you getting your birth control from? It should be prescribed by a healthcare provider.
For more information, please review these articles: Emergency Contraception Update, 2010, Missing Birth Control Pills and Concerned About Pregnancy: Q&A, and Oops! Missed Birth Control Pill Advocacy Sheet.
Good luck and let us know how you're doing.

December 24, 2010 - 7:53am
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