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Next Choice questions

By Anonymous December 26, 2012 - 11:17am
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I need clear answers about Next choice--how effective is it after 72 hours?what are the symptoms after taking the pills and how long do the symptoms last? Thank you.

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Got it! Thanks for the answers and for your time. I've never come across a site as helpful as this. Reading through alot of the posts, you've helped ease the minds of many girls and women including myself and providing knowledgable insight as well. It's very much appreciated. Thanks again.

December 27, 2012 - 6:29pm

Hello Anonymous,

According to Watson Pharma Inc., manufacturer of Next Choice, " When used as directed, the risk of getting pregnant is reduced by as much as 89% if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex or contraceptive failure. A study demonstrated efficacy is even greater within 24 hours."

Logically, the longer you wait to take the pill, the less effective it will be.

Emergency contraceptive pills are not associated with any long term permanent or serious side effects. Nausea occurs in about 14 % to 23% of women. Vomiting occurs in 1% to 6% of women.

Disturbances in the menstrual cycle are quite common. 16% or women experienced bleeding unrelated to expected menses in the 7 days following treatment in a study conducted by the World Health Organization. 50% of women menstruated a few days earlier or later than their expected time of menses.

Intermittent bleeding that is not related to the menses is not uncommon . 16% of patients have bleeding within 7 days following treatment that is unrelated to the expected day of menses. Around 50% of women menstruate a few days before or after the expected time of their menses. Over 80% of patients bleed within 2 weeks of taking Emergency Contraceptive pills. It is difficult at times to make the distinction between breakthrough bleeding or actual menses. Similar signs that occur with taking Emergency Contraceptive pills (vaginal bleeding, abdominal and pelvic pain, dizziness and lightheadedness) can occur with an ectopic or intrauterine pregnancy. It is important to contract your health care provider if the abdominal pain, pelvic pain, light headedness, or dizziness gets worse or vaginal bleeding becomes heavier.
After taking emergency contraceptive pills, the following menses should come within the next month on time. It can occur the week prior or after the time it normally is expected. A pregnancy test should be done if the menses does not occur after a week of the expected time of menses.

There are many women who after taking Next Choice experience no side effects. The most common side effects include nausea, vomiting, headaches, lightheadedness, fatigue, dizziness, breast tenderness, lower abdominal pain, lower back ache, ankle swelling, and vaginal spotting and bleeding. These symptoms should not last more than one or two days. The next menstrual cycle can come on time, be delayed, or even may come earlier.

I hope this answers your questions.


December 26, 2012 - 6:00pm
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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Thank you Maryann...I took Next Choice on Dec 13th, 4 days after unprotected sex. My fertile window was Dec 12-17, as stated by the iPhone app--My Days. Starting on Dec 20th my nipples and around the area have been sensitive, lower stomach cramps that started Dec 18, frequent urination and feeling bloated. I would like to have a baby but I got worried about it which was why I took the Next Choice pills to begin with. In your experience, are these early signs of pregnancy or just side effects of Next Choice? If they are side effects, have you known the symptoms to go on this long?

December 26, 2012 - 8:50pm
Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anonymous,

A woman can experience swollen, tender breasts as early as one to two weeks following conception, but this is also a premenstrual symptom.

Around six to eight weeks after conception, as the uterus grows and shifts, taking up more room in your abdomen and exerting force on your bladder, you may experience frequent urination. Frequency of urination in the absence of pregnancy can indicate a urinary tract infection.

Feeling bloated can be a premenstrual symptoms or caused by constipation or even something that you ate or drank.

As I mentioned in my previous post, any side effects of Next Choice should last one to two days.

These may be signs that your period will be starting soon. Wait. If you do not start your period within 3 weeks of taking Next Choice, take a home pregnancy test.


December 27, 2012 - 5:39pm
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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Got it! Thanks for the answers and for your time. Ive never come across a site as helpful as this site. Reading through a lot of the post, you've helped ease the minds of many girls and women including myself and provided knowledgable insight. It's very much appreciated. Thanks again!

December 27, 2012 - 6:40pm
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