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Bleeding after morning after pill....What does this mean?

By November 20, 2018 - 12:59pm
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I got my period on the 6th of Nov and it ended about 4 days later (around the 10th). Me and my partner had sex on the 13th ,it was around 5 in the evening, and the condom broke during it. The next day we went and bought the morning after pill (option 2) at our local pharmacy. I took the pill around 6pm it had been about a day after the incident. I didn't experience any severe side effects..everything seemed normal for the most part. But ever since the incident I have been very paranoid and worried of getting pregnant. I have been on google searching everything I can to be sure of every little thing that happens to my body. Today is the 20th and I started bleeding today. It is not heavy but it is also a little lighter than my usual period. My period usually comes in the beginning of the month around the 4-6th. I m just concerned on what this bleeding means..is it my period or?? I already had my period this month so I don't know if this is my period or what? I am just very concerned and worried I just really hope I am not pregnant..does this mean im not going to get my expected period?

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Hello Cassidylanes00

Thank you for writing!

This bleeding is a normal side effect for many women.

Emergency contraceptives are up to 95% effective when taken as prescribed within the first 24 hours and up to 90% effective if taken within 72 hours, so the risk is very small. It works by preventing ovulation and stopping a pregnancy from starting. It is not an abortion pill. It prevents a pregnancy, it does not end one. Side effects can include stomach aches, headaches, dizziness, breast pain, nausea and a general feeling of being unwell. Some women can bleed a little or quite extensively after taking emergency contraception. Some women experience few to no side-effects. Side effects, of lack of, are not an indication one way or another whether the medication will work.
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 method of birth control.
Side effects usually start 2-7 days after taking the medication and may or may not include bleeding or spotting. Not all women get symptoms. Some get many, or a few, or none. If a woman doesn’t get her next period within a week of it’s expected date, a pregnancy test may be necessary although the risk is very low. Periods can often be delayed or longer/shorter as a result of taking emergency contraception. We cannot predict this for our readers in terms of length of delays. Each woman is different. Periods should get back to normal by the second cycle after.

November 20, 2018 - 2:32pm
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