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Can a take action pill (generic plan b) dely cycle ? am i pregnant ?

By Anonymous December 20, 2018 - 10:34pm
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so on nov. 25 i took a take action pill which is a generic plan B. i took it because me & my boyfriend had raw sex twice and it freaked me out so i took a pill just in case. when we had raw sex it was right when my period was ending/ended. 5 days AFTER i took the pill i started spotting brown & then ended up getting another full on period with cramps , for about 6 days. a week after i had ended mine. i also had raw sex ONCE more after i took the pill.. my original projected period was supposed to come around december 15 and i am now almost a week late. could i be pregnant ? or was when i bled a few days after i took the pill my next period ? or could i actually be pregnant because i had raw sex again ? someone please help me i need answers. i think the pill could have just messed up my cycle but im scared because i had raw sex after that. someone help.

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Hello Anon

Thank you for writing.

If you don't want to get pregnant, you need to use condoms or get on the birth control pill or some other kind of birth control rather than using emergency contraception as that is not it's intended use - it has many side effects.

We cannot say if you are pregnant but if you had sex within 24 hours of taking the pills, then you should still be protected.

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.


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