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Late period

By Anonymous August 12, 2018 - 12:50am
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I took the morning after pill 6 days after my period. Then i slept with someone 3 times unprotected and i have taken a test and its negative. Is it just late because of the morning after pill?

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Hello, Anon. Thank you for posting.

You are not using the morning after pill correctly - as it was intended. Emergency contraceptives are up to 95% effective when taken as prescribed within the first 24 hours after sex 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.


August 12, 2018 - 5:39am
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