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Bleeding after taking Next Choice

By Anonymous November 7, 2010 - 11:46pm
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So, I had sex right after my period ended (oct 30) and it was unprotected. I got a little paranoid (even though I think he did not came inside me) and took the next choice pill the next day.. followed all the instructions. but now, six days later i am bleeding seems like a menstruation. What is this? is this going to be menstruation for the month of November? My next due date is 21/22. Am I going to get my period by then? I am kind of freaking out. help please.

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Can I assume that "the pill" was an emergency contraceptive like Plan B or Next Choice?

Taking an emergency contraceptive within 24 hours of unprotected sex, which you did, will prevent pregnancy.

Changes in your menstrual cycle is a side effect of an emergency contraceptive. The vaginal bleeding from 12/21 until 12/24 is a good indication that you are not pregnant.

Your next period, for the month of January, can be late because you took an emergency contraceptive. It may take another month before your cycle becomes regular. Your period may come early or late. Your flow may be heavy or light.

I hope that I have answered your question,


January 10, 2012 - 6:26pm
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omg. im in this situation. my boyfriend and i were just making out in the bathroom before taking a shower together and he was fingering me. he put it inside, but i pushed him away before anything else happened or before he could come. i had my period on 12/8 and he put his dick inside me on 12/ 16. i took the pill the next day, which was on the 12/17, and on the 12/21 i started to bleed till the 24th. my original period date was january 4 but i still didnt bleed yet. please help me with this! idk what to expect? is the bleeding normal? could i possibly be pregnant?! please help me!!

January 7, 2012 - 3:31pm

Though it is not a common side effect of emergency contraception pills, some women will have bleeding after taking the pill.

The  hormones in the pills (either progestin alone or progestin combined with estrogen) can cause some women to bleed at unexpected times. If that is the cause of your bleeding, it is not dangerous and you should expect it to go away by itself after you get your next period.


December 14, 2011 - 6:52pm
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Can the pull cause you to bleed the next day after taking it?


December 14, 2011 - 6:08pm

You should have a normal period within the next month after taking emergency contraceptive pills, like Next Choice.  Sometimes, emergency contraception can change the length of your monthly menstrual cycle, making your next period come as much as a week earlier or a week later than usual. Some women also find that the hormones in the pills can cause unexpected bleeding , but this is not a common or serious side effect. If your next period is late, you might consider getting a pregnancy test.

I hope that this information, from the Princeton University website, is reassuring and calms your nerves.


December 14, 2011 - 6:01pm
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Ok I have a question. Me and my boyfriend had protected sex last Saturday but the condom came off inside me. He got it out and everything and we immediately went and got next choice pills. For the past couple of months my period has come on the 9th or 10th, with the exception of it coming on the 25th for a couple of months and then on the 3rd. We had sex on the 10th which was around the time my period should have started. As of right now it is 4 days late. I have been cramping on and off like its about to start. I read that pill can do that but I just didn't know how it would affect me since I took it around the time it was due. I ovulated early the week before. Can someone please help me so I can calm
My nerves???

December 14, 2011 - 5:16pm
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What does it mean if you bleed the day after taking the pill?

December 11, 2011 - 9:49pm
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Thank you. I take my birth control pills as directed but that night I had not taken it, so that is what worried me. I had my period one week after we had sex, but I was still freaking out. I should have my next period around January 28th so hopefully I do. I am just worried I took the at home pregnancy tests too early to be able to truly know if I'm pregnant. When should I take the next test?

December 9, 2011 - 1:56pm
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Hi, on the night of November 25th I had unprotected sex. I am on birthcontrol and took Next Choice the morning after. I have taken two at home pregnancy tests and they both came out negative. I am still so paranoid because I am in college and only had sex that ONE time and I am freaking out I may be pregnant even though I'm on birthcontrol, took next choice, and the pregnancy tests came out negative. Can someone calm me down?! I really need to stop stressing. HELP!

December 9, 2011 - 1:27pm

Hi all,
I had protected sex but condom broke on december 2nd, I am not sure if my boyfriend ejaculated inside me or not because he did pull out and most of the cum was on the bed sheet. I took the first pill "next choice" after an hour later and second pill 12 hour after. I got my last menstrual cycle on november 26. I haven't gotten any unexpected periods or any side effects from the pills that I took. I am very scared, please tell me what all you ladies think about my situation.

December 5, 2011 - 9:56pm
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