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My period is late after the morning after pill.

By December 8, 2016 - 7:43am
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So on the 24th of November my boyfriend and I had sex and our condom broke. He wasn't finished yet so we didn't think that anything got inside but we went and got the Plan b pill the next day any way just to be safe. I was supposed to get my period on December 3rd and now it's the 8th and I still haven't gotten it. So my period is 5 days late and I'm super nervous. I've been discharging a lot, is that a side affect of the pill? I have symptoms such as acne and tender breasts which normally happens when I get my period but I don't know what to do. I know this happens to other women but I'm still scared. Can someone please answer me and possibly ease my mind?

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Hello Amanda0514,

Welcome to the EmpowHER community. Thank you for reaching out to us with your concern.

Changes to the menstrual cycle are a reported side effect of Plan B. It can cause your next monthly period to start earlier or later than normal.

The pill works by preventing ovulation. I am concerned that you took the pill just eight days before your period was due. That was too late to prevent ovulation. But, the high dose of the hormone, levonorgestrel, may have caused enough of an imbalance to delay the start of your period.

The recommendation is to test for pregnancy if you have not had any bleeding within three weeks of taking the pill. For you, that would be about another week. You can always reach out to your gynecologist for advice or wait another week.


December 8, 2016 - 9:16am
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