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Morning after pill side effects or something serious?

By Anonymous April 28, 2016 - 1:53pm
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I had my period on the night of 12th april and then my period ended on the 18th april and on april 21 my boyfriend and i were fooling around, no intercourse and he didnt ejaculate or anything. But we were really scared so i took the progestin only pill before 12 hours. And six days after that 28th april spotting and i'm having cramps but only on the left side of my abdomen is paining. The discharge was brown at first but its deep red now. Im really scared please help me. Please tell me if this is normal or not. Im 17 and i cant talk to my mom about it . And im googling like crazy and i did find alot on this topic saying its normal but there was one which said ectopic pregnancy or something serious. Please help

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Hi Anon,

Thank you for sharing your question with the EmpowHER community.

Emergency contraception pills come with a host of side effects because of their high hormone content.

Possible side effects include:

  • nausea and/or vomiting.
  • headache.
  • feeling tired.
  • fatigue.
  • feeling dizzy.
  • lower abdominal pain.
  • vaginal bleeding.
  • breast tenderness.

In addition, your menstrual cycle can be irregular for a couple of months after taking it, until your hormones re-adjust to your normal levels.  If you took it as instructed, you can rest assure that it did the job of preventing pregnancy.

Here is some additional resources: 

The Facts about Emergency Contraception Pills

I hope this helps.

Be well,


April 28, 2016 - 9:35pm
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