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By Anonymous July 11, 2012 - 9:53am
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My husband and I had an accident on June 23 so I had taken plan b one step on the 26th. And another on June 29th (condoms don't seem to work in our favor) and because I had already taken plan b this cycle I didn't want to take another one. I started spotting brown on July 6th and I could only see it when I would wipe and this lasted until July 10th when it got a little heavier and started turning pink. I thought it was my period so i had used a tampon through the night and this morning it was maybe a quarter of the way used. I usually have a 28 day cycle and my last one started June 16th and I am not due for my next until July 14th. Is this normal?

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Hello Anonymous,
Plan B is an emergency contraception in just one pill, which should be taken within 72 hours or 3 days after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure.

I am confused why you took another dose on June 29. Did the condom fail again?

As you may or may not know, Plan B contains levonorgestrel, which is the same FDA approved ingredient found in many birth control pills. However, the dose is higher.

I want to point out that changes in your period are a reported side effect of Plan B and Plan B is less likely to work if you have unprotected sex or contraceptive failure again in the same menstrual cycle after taking it.

You may need to wait a month or two before your menstrual cycle returns to normal. Is there a reason why you are not using some form of birth control, such as an oral contraceptive or an IUD?
If you and your husband are experiencing condom failure, you need to consider another type of birth control.


July 11, 2012 - 4:31pm
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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

I didn't take another dose on the 29th because I had already taken it this cycle. So the 29th was completely unprotected. And as far as condom failure this is the first time that it has happened and because of it we are now talking about other methods.

July 11, 2012 - 5:41pm
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