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Late period after plan b

By May 20, 2010 - 11:15am
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I had an incident on the evening of Friday, May 14th. I don't want to get too graphic, but I was hooking up with a friend, and the condom slipped off -- his penis only went in probably about an inch, and I'm fairly certain he didn't ejaculate during this whole session. After that, there was no penetration. In addition, I know he peed before we started hooking up, so if the precum theory is correct, his pee likely washed off any sperm that could have been in his urethra.

The first day of my last period was on April 19th, which should have set my ovulation time between May 3 and 9th approximately. Also, I remember seeing a clear mucus substance probably sometime during the week before this incident took place -- which makes me think that I wasn't ovulating on May 14th. Even so, I was pretty freaked out this past weekend, so I took a Plan B pill on Monday morning (within the 72 hour time frame). I was supposed to get my period yesterday, but it hasn't come yet. In addition, all of last week I was taking final exams, so I've been pretty stressed this whole month, and this situation has gotten me even more worried. I've read on a lot of these posts that many women have late periods after taking Plan B, but I haven't really experienced any of the symptoms such as spotting. I just wanted to know what my chances are of being pregnant and how worried I should be. My last two periods have come on time, but my period has been a few days late in the past. Any advice/support would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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Thanks for your input, Susan! But, I honestly don't think I can handle taking a test quite yet -- even though waiting is also agonizing. The Plan B package said to take a pregnancy test if your period is a week late, so I think I'll take one next Wednesday (if I can wait until then).

Also, just to clarify, there was a moment when there was shallow penetration without a condom, but I know he didn't ejaculate...I'm not sure if that changes things much.

I'm still really worried, and it's hard because I don't really feel like I can talk about this to anyone in person. I'm usually a really cautious person, and I never thought I'd have this problem. Do you know if there are any hotlines out there? I tried calling Planned Parenthood, but I just got transferred to the closest office to me...I guess I'm just looking more for support and less for information.

Thanks again.

May 20, 2010 - 7:31pm
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Hi Waterbaby-

Thanks for your question!

Your likelihood of pregnancy is low. For several reasons:

There was no ejaculation that you know of (the whole going to the bathroom to avoid pre-ejaculate notion is not true - pre-ejacuate can happen in seconds, anytime, anywhere and after urination) so never depend on that false 'theory' - it was probably made up by men trying to convince women to have unprotected sex.

However, you used a condom (at least partially) and took Plan B. All of these are good things.

But: anytime a penis comes in contact with a woman's genitalia, there is a risk of pregnancy, even when using protection.

Plan B can cause a glitch in your next period and you are only one day late - as well as stressing with finals. Don't worry yet - if you are a bit overwhelmed, go ahead and take a pregnancy test which by now should confirm any possible pregnancy.

Will you keep us updated?

May 20, 2010 - 12:01pm
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