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No spotting/bleeding until 3 weeks after Next Choice..

By September 10, 2012 - 7:30am
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I've been on birth control for a little over 4 or 5 months now and I haven't taken them faithfully but I also have not been sexually active. I ended my period the last week of July and had sex on August 6th, unprotected. I realized I hadn't taken almost a weeks worth of my "sugar" pills (if that's what the last row of them are called). He pulled out but didn't feel confident about the precum. I took Next Choice around 15 hours after it happened, no spotting or bleeding until the last week of August (around 3 weeks after) which is when my expected period was supposed to happen and it lasted for a few days. I filled up quite a few tampons and bled through onto my underwear like usual but it wasn't extremely heavy. Do you think I'm okay and shouldn't worry?

From the day I took the Next Choice pills until today, there has been slight bloating about 4-5 inches below my belly button. I guess it's from my body never taking that pill? It hasn't progressed nor has it gone down but it's never hurt me.

And I've continued taking my birth control regularly in hoping that my next period will come at the end of the month.. Do you think it should?

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Hi roxygirl30,

Welcome to EmpowHER.  Some women after taking an emergency pill experience bleeding, which it might be your period.  Some of the side effects are changes on your next period.  shorter  or longer, heavier or lighter.  

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September 10, 2012 - 8:27am
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