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took ecp during fertile days

By October 31, 2018 - 7:39pm
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Hello. I'm still a virgin. On October 26, 2018 my boyfriend and i got intimate with each other. He didn't insert his penis inside me. However, he ejaculated and i wiped it afterwards and we did genital rubbing after that. I'm not sure if there were really no sperms left in his and i'm worried about pre-cum.15 hours later (October 27, 2018 at 9AM), i took ecp (4 pills of it) and another 4 pills 12 hours later. I vomited 4 hours after taking the second dose so i took 4 pills again. On October 28, 2018 i had a discharge which is similar to the consistency of raw egg white (so i assumed that i took ecp the day before my ovulation and most sources in the websites claim that ecp is less effective when taken during your fertile window). On October 29, 2018 i had a discharge again but it is already creamy. For now, i haven't had any discharge. As for the side effects, I only experienced vomiting and mild fatigue. It's been 5 days since i took the ecp and i'm currently waiting for my withdrawal bleeding. What if i don't experience withdrawal bleeding? does it mean that the ecp wasn't effective for me? also, am i likely to get pregnant with my situation? I'm really worried.

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Hello jinmii

Thank you for writing!

Did you have sex ed at school? If not, it's a good idea to study on your own so you know how sex and the human body works. You can read books on this or search our own site. This will eliminate a lot of stress than the unknown can cause.

I will address all your questions -

A woman cannot get pregnant unless she has unprotected sex (naked) with ejaculation. She would also have to be ovulating. Sperm will not travel through a layer of clothing to impregnate.

Pre-ejaculate does not contain any sperm. Sperm may be inside the urethra if he ejaculated recently and did not urinate since. If he urinated since he last ejaculated, there is no sperm at all. Pregnancy is very uncommon from pre-ejaculate and the urethra would have to contain sperm at the same time. You would also need to have intercourse.

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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