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Help. ECP issue

By January 6, 2017 - 8:31am
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I had my period on December 9th and took emergency contraceptive on the 16th of December. I had some bleeding from December 20-23rd. My period was supposed to come today (if I was counting from the day my original period started), but it has not. Usually I can tell when I ovulate because my breasts hurt the rest of my cycle until my period, but I have no signs of breast tenderness or ovulation. I have taken plan b before and this has never happened. Please help me. What do I do?

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Hello singergirl97,

Welcome back to the EmpowHER community. I am glad you reached out to us with your concern.

An emergency contraceptive, such as Plan B, primarily prevents pregnancy by preventing ovulation. That is why you are not having any symptoms of ovulation.

One reported side effect is a change in the menstrual cycle. The next monthly period can start earlier or later than expected. This is usually not by more than five days. Menstrual flow can be lighter or heavier than normal.

Now, if a woman takes an ECP repeatedly, there is the risk of changes in her menstrual cycle beyond one month.

Anonymous, you had bleeding after taking the pill, so you know it worked and you did not become pregnant. Please consider scheduling an appointment with a gynecologist to find out if by taking an ECP more than once a hormonal imbalance may have occurred. It will be a good time to start using some type of regular birth control, such as pills, getting the Depo-Provera injection or having an IUD inserted.


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