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Pregnant after period and plan b?

By Anonymous June 11, 2011 - 5:13pm
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May9th i started my period and on the morning of may16th (day7 and last day of period) had sex when the condom broke as he ejaculated. Everything ended up in me. 30 minutes later i took the plan b one step. 2 days later i experienced brownish red bleeding that was sticky and lasted a full week. Ive heard this type of bleeding is from the plan b flushing out your system. Now its june11 and no normal period has come.ive heard plan b can cause a late period and the day the plan b bleeding begins counts as your new cycle time. Thus far i havent experienced any period symptoms or pregnancy symptoms. Im just worried sick and stressed as to why my period didnt come at its normal time. Did the bleeding reset my cycle? Am i pregnant even though i took plan b 30 mins after the incident and after finishing my period that very morning?

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Hi anonymous,
You are correct: Plan B may lead to a later-than-usual period. If the last time you experienced bleeding for a week began on May 16th, you probably need to wait another week (even two) for your next period.

You can take a home pregnancy test if you are not able to just wait for a period, if you need to know if you are pregnant or not. A HPT would be about 99% accurate at this point in your cycle.

Plan B is not 100% guaranteed to prevent pregnancy, no matter when you take it. It reduces your risk of pregnancy by about 80%. The likelihood of you ovulating on Day 7 of your cycle is not high, but it is not impossible, either.

This statistic may help you: women have "only" a 20% chance of pregnancy with each cycle, so there is more of a likelihood of you not being pregnant if this has been the first instance of birth control failure (the more instances, the higher the chance...just statistics).

Please know that condom failure is usually due to user error, and there are ways to help prevent this from occurring again in the future. For more information, please review this article: Help! The Condom Broke During Sex: How to Prevent "Wardrobe Malfunctions".

June 12, 2011 - 6:10am
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