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Unprotected sex on 4/24...do you think Plan B (emergency contraception) worked?

By Anonymous May 7, 2009 - 1:09pm
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Hi I am hoping i can get some insight since everyone on this thread seems really knowledgeable.

I had unprotected sex with my ex boyfrriend on april24th, this was also day 2 of my period (i usually only get my period for 3-4 days.)

So we had sex during my period, it was heavy at the time also(sorry to be graphic)

I took plan b the next day, within the 24 hour window.

About a week after i took plan b i had spotting for one day..that was it.

Now, im not LATE for my period yet or anything...just, really nervous.

I wouldnt be expecting it until the end of May since I last had it the end of April...

Do you think plan b worked? was that one day of spotting normal or could it have been implantation bleeding? I know that I heard having sex during your period lessens your chances of being pregnant, I just hope thats true bc this was a "one-time" not-planned kind of situation. Im so scared! Any thoughts, past experiences would be welcomed!!

thanks so much in advance!

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thanks so much! i am still waiting for my period to come, but i have taken 3 (yes 3, im crazy) pregnancy tests already- all negative. the most recent one I took was yesterday morning (5/20). So Im hoping within the next week I will be jumping for joy somewhere. I dont feel any different or have any pregnancy symptoms so im hoping its just the stress/hormones from plan b?

Thank you so much for your comments- you are all very sweet and helpful. its comforting to vent about this somewhere since its really personal and not something i want to talk about with anyone who might judge. :)

Fingers crossed...

May 21, 2009 - 8:03am
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I used Plan B when I was a teenager, and too afraid to talk to my parents to get birth control. (This was a long time ago!)

Anyways, Plan B worked great for me. It is so situational though, because who knows if I would have been pregnant in the first place.

I'm sorry you are scared---I know this is going to be a long 4 weeks for you to wait until you get your period--but try not to worry too much. You've done everything you can right now, and be sure to be proactive and choose a good birth control method that you can use starting now!

Good luck!

May 7, 2009 - 2:00pm

I'm happy to hear that you were able to use emergency contraception within 24 hours of unprotected sex!

Unfortunately, the only way to know if Plan B worked is: when you get your next period.

It could help ease your mind a little if you know this information:
- Length of your cycles (count from the date your last menstrual period started to the date of your next menstrual period.) If you note the dates on a calendar for a few months, you will notice if your cycles are consistent, irregular and if they are the "average" 28-day, or could be 21-days or 35-days...or anything in between.
- Date of Ovulation (when you know your cycle length, it can help to pinpoint your most fertile days when you ovulate). Most women ovulate 12-16 days from the date of their expected (next) period, or you can count the other way: most women ovulate 11-21 days after their period.

This information can help, so you know if you are ovulating/fertile during your period. For many (most?) women, this is not their most fertile time, but it is for other women. It is helpful to know your cycle, but also know that your cycle can change (new medication, stress, etc) at any time, and the only way to prevent an unwanted pregnancy is abstinence or using consistent and reliable contraception.

Do you have an OB/GYN that you see on an annual basis? Are you interested in birth control options?

Some information about Plan B that will help you:
Since you took Plan B, you probably know that it can reduce the risk of pregnancy by 89% when started within 72 hours after unprotected intercourse. (According to Planned Parenthood, "only 1 out of 100 women will become pregnant after taking Plan B if started within three days.")

Even better news for you, since you took Plan B within 24 hours of unprotected sex: "Plan B works even better if taken within the first 24 hours after unprotected sex."

Let us know when you get your period!

May 7, 2009 - 1:50pm
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