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Will pregnancy occur?

By Anonymous May 3, 2016 - 8:21am
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I took ellaOne emergency contraception a week ago today (we used a condom but I was scared that precm got on the outside of it). I was told by someone that exactly a week after taking the emergency contraception you should experience vaginal bleeding as this is supposed to mean that the fertilised egg was flushed out of the system. Is this correct? I haven't experienced any vaginal bleeding or my period but it's due tomorrow. (I have no PMS tho). Also, how long does the emergency contraception stop ovulation for? And does that mean you will not ovulate for the rest of that cycle? Thanks!

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER. I am glad you reached out to our community for guidance.

It is not true that a woman will have vaginal bleeding exactly one week after taking an emergency contraceptive. If she has no vaginal bleeding, either spotting or her period, within three weeks of taking the pill, then she must test for pregnancy.

A woman ovulates once a month. An emergency contraceptive prevents pregnancy by preventing ovulation and prevents ovulation for only the one month in which it is taken.

One side effect of the pill is a change in the menstrual cycle. Some women will start their next period earlier or later than expected. Menstrual flow might be lighter or heavier than normal.

Anonymous, do not be worried if your period does not start tomorrow. But, again if nothing in the next two weeks, do test.

You might find this article helpful. "The Condom Broke! Now What? How Emergency Contraception Works"


May 3, 2016 - 8:36am
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