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my first day of menses was 28th Aug 2014 and average cycle length is 29-30 days. I had unprotected sex on day 11 of the cycle i.e 7th Sep and after 8-10 hours took Postinor2. I have been having lower abd cramps from 9th Sept, nausea, sometimes headache,

By September 15, 2014 - 11:51am
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my first day of menses was 28th Aug 2014 and average cycle length is 29-30 days. i had unprotected sex on day 11 of the cycle i.e 7th Sep and after 8-10 hours took postinor2. i have been having lower abdominal cramps since 9th Sept, nausea, sometimes headache, loss of appetite, and fatigue. Am on day 19 of my cycle, could i be pregnant? I know it is still early to test. i really am not ready for that now.

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Hi Shix!

Hope all is well! Did you end up taking a pregnancy test?

Let me know :-)



September 19, 2014 - 12:28pm

Thanks so much. I now have a little sigh of relief as I wait to take a pregnancy test. What worried me are the side effects which i thought took longer than expected.
Thanks again.

September 17, 2014 - 3:05am

Hi Shix,

Thank you for sharing your question with the EmpowHER community! I am sure you are worried as getting pregnant when you are not ready to become a mother can be very stressful. Anytime you have unprotected sex, you risk pregnancy.  

The highest risk of pregnancy is during the second and third weeks of the menstrual cycle. While a normal cycle is considered anywhere between 21 and 35 days, the average is about 28 days.  Ovulation (the time when a woman is fertile) occurs mid month, this averages to day 14 every month give or take several days before and after. If a woman has unprotected sex around this time, she may get pregnant. A woman who has unprotected sex has about a 20% chance of pregnancy every month. 

Since you took Postinor2 within 10 hours, you are probably safe from pregnancy. 

The most common side effect of emergency contraception is changing the woman’s cycle. This can be scary, particularly if it causes a late period on someone who is concerned about being pregnant. Shix, the symptoms that you are experiencing are very normal side effects of the Postinor2. Here is a complete list of its side effects:

Side effects may include changes in your period, nausea, lower abdominal pain, fatigue, headache, dizziness and breast tenderness. Some women may have changes in their period, a heavier or lighter next period, or a period that is early or late. If your period is more than a week late, you may be pregnant. If you have severe abdominal pain, you may have an ectopic pregnancy, and should get immediate medical attention.

The best way to know if you are pregnant is to take a pregnancy test. Nobody can tell you over the Internet if you are pregnant or not, all we can do is let you know the risks, based on the information you have given us. The above information should give you a pretty solid guide as to your risk. Again, your own situation will vary and we cannot give you a definitive answer.  A pregnancy test can be taken 10-14 days after unprotected sex and when taken correctly, will certainly be accurate by the time your period is due. 

I hope this information helps you! If you have further concerns, taking a pregnancy test is a good idea if the time is right, or call your doctor for further instructions. He or she may want to give you a physical examination or a pregnancy test at the office. 

I hope this information helps you and you get answers as soon as possible. 

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