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could I be pregnant

By Anonymous August 3, 2017 - 9:27pm
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Hi, please I need some advice asap, my last flow was on 3-7th July, had unprotected sex on the 7th of July, took morning after pill on the 8th, have not had any unprotected sex since then, my period was due on the 30th of July (after every 24 days) but I'm now five days late with negative pregnancy test and no symptoms of pregnancy, or even my period. what should I do, I'm 22years old and not looking for a baby now.

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Hi Anon

Thank you for your post!

Emergency contraceptives are up to 95% effective when taken as prescribed within the first 24 hours and up to 90% effective if taken within 72 hours, so the risk is very small. It works by preventing ovulation and stopping a pregnancy from starting. It is not an abortion pill. It prevents a pregnancy, it does not end one. Side effects can include stomach aches, headaches, breast pain, nausea and a general feeling of being unwell.
The more frequently they are taken, the more likely a woman is to have side effects and an irregular cycle. They should be taken only for emergencies, not used as a method of birth control.
Symptoms usually start 2-7 days after taking the medication and may or may not include bleeding or spotting. Not all women get symptoms. Some get many, or a few, or none. If a woman doesn’t get her next period within a week of it’s expected date, a pregnancy test may be necessary although the risk is very low. Periods can often be delayed or longer/shorter as a result of taking emergency contraception. We cannot predict this for our readers in terms of length of delays. Each women is different. Periods should get back to normal by the second cycle after.

August 4, 2017 - 5:36am
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