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A pregnancy question on behalf of my girlfriend (unprotected intercourse)

By Anonymous May 1, 2012 - 6:37am
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We had intercourse on the last day of her period, and the condom broke. We immediately decided that emergency contraceptive would be the best idea, and I went to the pharmacy and picked up Next Choice. She immediately took the first pill and took the second pill 12 hours later as the instructions said to do. About a week later she experienced vaginal bleeding (which I understand is referred to as "spotting" in this kind of situation), which apparently means that the pills worked. However, her period is now two days late. From what I've gathered from internet searches, these pills can cause disruptions in the normal monthly cycle; is this true? Also, could her higher levels of stress due to finals at college contribute to this late period? She felt nauseous and had headaches yesterday, and she's felt rather exhausted for the past few days, but I thought it could be due to stress. I guess what I'm trying to ask is what are the odds that this late period means that she is pregnant?

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Hi Anon,

Welcome to EmpowHER.  If you had unprotected sex while on her period, chances are she might not be pregnant.  A woman usually ovulates around day 11-21 of a cycle. It's important to use protection such as a condom or birth control to avoid an unwanted pregnancy.  Definitely, one of the side effects of any emergency pill is changes on your next period. It could be heavier or lighter, longer or shorter.  Stress can also be a cause to delay her perioid.  Sometimes we're so stressed out that our body decreases the amount of a hormone (GnRH), which causes us to not ovulate or menstruate. If she doesn't get a period, she should consider taking a home pregnancy test or seeing a doctor.

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