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Pregnancy scare, Plan B

By Anonymous September 22, 2018 - 3:50am
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I had unprotected sex on August 26th, and according to my tracker this was around the time that I would've been ovulating (my next period was supposed to come on September 9th). I took Plan B just in case anyway less than 12 hours after the intercourse. On the 1st of September, I bled for about 2 days- enough to fill up pads. It's now been almost a month after the intercourse and I have yet to get my period. Was that bleeding my period? If I were to take a pregnancy test now, would that test be accurate?

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Hello, Anon,

Thank you for posting.

A pregnancy test would be accurate 14-21 days after sex.

Emergency contraceptives are up to 95% effective when taken as prescribed within the first 24 hours and up to 90% effective when taken within 72 hours. It works by preventing ovulation and stopping a pregnancy from starting. It will not end a pregnancy already in place. Side effects can include stomach aches, headaches, nausea and a general feeling of being unwell. The more frequently they are taken, the more likely a woman is to have side effects and an irregular cycle. They should be taken only for emergencies, not used as a regular method of birth control.

Symptoms usually start 2-7 days after taking the medication and may or may not include bleeding or spotting. If a woman doesn’t get her next period within a week of it’s expected a date, a pregnancy test is advised. Periods can often be delayed or longer/shorter as a result of taking ECP. They should get back to normal by the second cycle. However, this can vary and we cannot predict what each woman's experience will be with ECP.


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