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Vaginal bleeding after unprotected sex. Periods or side effect of the ipill?

By Anonymous September 27, 2015 - 9:46am
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Unprotected sex 3 days before my period due to condom breakage. Took ipill after 4 hours. Experienced vaginal bleeding after 5 days with abdominal pain on the first day. Initially thought I had started my periods which were overdue by 3 days but the flow has been very light on day 2 and 3 so unsure whether its a side effect of the pill or actual periods. No clots noticed but the colour is darker than before. When can I expect my periods to start? How soon can I take a blood test to rule out pregnancy? Very stressed. Hoping to get a reply soon.

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Hello and welcome to EmpowHer,
The most common and normal side effect of emergency contraception is bleeding a few days later. This is not your regular period. Due to the hormones in the pill your period will be irregular. This does not mean your are pregnant.
Your period will return to normal after a few cycles. If you do still want to take a pregnancy test, you need to wait until after your next missed period in order for it to be accurate.

September 27, 2015 - 5:06pm
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Anonymous (reply to fchacon)

Thanks for your quick response. Given that my periods were due to start by the 22nd of September (3 days after I took the ipill) and they haven't yet.. is there anything to worry about? The bleeding which started after 5 days of taking the pill still continues though very light. How long after unprotected sex can a pregnancy test be taken?

September 27, 2015 - 11:27pm
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