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Cycle After Taking ECP

By Anonymous June 11, 2017 - 9:18am
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Hello. I have an average 32 day cycle. My last (real) menstrual period was May 08/2017 but I had unprotected sex w/ during day 9 of my cycle, which was May 16. Hence, led me into taking emergency contraceptive pill (ECP) a day after the intercourse.

5 days after taking ECP, May 23, I experienced withdrawal bleeding. My cervical fluid has been dry & sticky after the withdrawal bleed until June 6, wherein I experienced cloudy & watery cervical fluid. However, few hours after, I felt a sharp shooting, 8/10 pain scale on my left lower abdomen, incorporated with spotting on my undies. The spotting eventually had amounts of mucus with it, and lasted for like three days. What does it mean?

Thank you and I look forward to your response.

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Dear Anon.

Thank you for your message.

Emergency contraceptives are up to 95% effective when taken as prescribed within the first 24 hours, so the risk is very small. Side effects can include stomach aches, headaches, nausea and a general feeling of being unwell. Symptoms usually start 2-7 days after taking the medication and may or may not include bleeding or spotting. Not all women get symptoms. So it varies from woman to woman. What you are experiencing seems normal to me after taking ECP. If you don’t get your next period within a week or so of its expected date, a pregnancy test is recommended. It can cause your period to be early or late, have a lighter or a heavier flow, so be aware of this. If you are still concerned, speak to your doctor.


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