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Could I be pregnant?

By Anonymous July 7, 2019 - 11:56pm
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So I took a plan B on Tuesday, and then had unprotected sex on Thursday. However, my S/O did not come anywhere near my vagina. Friday was supposed to be my ovulation d-day. I woke up today, Monday, with dark brown bleeding. I have cramps like I do on my period. My period is supposed to be 12 days away though. I have no other symptoms like constipation or tender breasts, which I always do whenever my period is coming up. Could this be implantation bleeding? Or is it ovulation bleeding? Or just normal spotting? And how likely is it that I become pregnant? Thank you so much.

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Hello, Anon!

Thank you for posting.

Emergency contraceptives are up to 95% effective when taken as prescribed within the first 24 hours and up to 90% effective when taken within 72 hours. It works by preventing ovulation and stopping a pregnancy from starting. It will not end a pregnancy already in place. Side effects can include stomach aches, headaches, 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 regular method of birth control.

Symptoms usually start 2-7 days after taking the medication and may or may not include bleeding or spotting. If a woman doesn’t get her next period within a week of it’s expected a date, a pregnancy test is advised. Periods can often be delayed or longer/shorter as a result of taking ECP. They should get back to normal by the second cycle. However, this can vary and we cannot predict what each woman's experience will be with ECP.


July 8, 2019 - 8:23am
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