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By Anonymous December 31, 2014 - 4:23am
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I had my period on the 24th November and finished on the 29th November. I had unprotected sex on the 29th November but he did not ejaculate. I took Levonelle one step about 14 hours after the unprotected sex. I started bleeding like a normal period from the 4th to the 8th December. I haven't had another period since. I took a pregnancy test on the 29th December that was negative. Can you tell me how late I might be or was that my period again so soon after the original one? Should I count my next period from the normal period or the Levonelle period?

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Hi Anon,

Thank you for sharing your question with the EmpowHER community! 

A common symptom of emergency birth control such as Levonelle is having an irregular period. Sometimes it can cause periods to be later or earlier than usual. That sounds like what has happened to you with the earlier period. 

Emergency birth control is very effective, especially if taken within 72 hours of having unprotected sex so that is good you were able to take it so soon. However, if you plan to continue having unprotected sex, I highly suggest using a form of birth control like the pill or patch. Emergency birth control should only really be used in case of emergency than as a regular birth control.

I think you should count your next period from the Levonelle period. But it also may be a good idea to count from both your first period and the Levonelle period until your period becomes more regular again.

I hope this has helped! Please let me know if you have further questions.


January 2, 2015 - 12:31am
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