I am 19 years old and have been on birth control for 4 months now and have taken it consistently (never missed and always at the same time each day). I had sex on the second day of my previous period and my period really lightened up. Since I don’t remember if my sexual partner used a condom, I was very paranoid and took Plan B as a backup to my birth control pills. The more research I do, the more I know that I didn’t need to take Plan B. Even so, I am still scared that I am pregnant. My cycles are normally 28 days long and it is now 3 days until my next period is due and I had light brown discharge. What does that mean? Could I be pregnant?
Because of the high dose of hormone in Plan B, & the hormones in your regular birth control, it's going to take your body probably more time than others who use Plan B without other birth control in their bodies, to settle back into a normal menstrual cycle.
Taking Plan B when you do not have any other additional artificial hormones being put into your body (The Pill) can give brown/pink/red discharge, spotting, irregular bleeding, & sometimes very heavy bleeding. It can often delay the next proper period, too.
Women I've dealt with who've used Plan B on top of the regular birth control, find that they get the irregular bleeding/spotting/discharge for a couple of months, and/or no actual period.
Don't be surprised if you don't get your period for a couple of months. It's possible it could go on like this for a while, but you can do a pregnancy test from the day you miss your period, to put your mind at rest. Then it's just a case of waiting for your body to rebalance. Keep taking your regular birth control as normal, even if you don't get a period.
You may also get other hormonal symptoms (like ones you'd get if you were pregnant or on a period) until your hormones rebalance.
- Plan B Information for Consumers
- Plan B Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Plan B (detailed)
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