Date of intercourse:22 Feb
Pill taken on:23 Feb
Effective bleeding started within a week of taking the pill..around 2 march and occured for a duration of more than two weeks.
Bleeding ended in a tapering fashion on the 17th of march
Usual cycle:>30 days
Type of bleeding:never as heavy as the normal flow..of medium character in the initial days and slowly became low.
Query:1)does my New cycle begin from the 2nd of march or after 17th?
2)what was the reason for such a long bleeding phase..could it so happen that my normal menstruation started just after the effective bleeding(due to the pill)?
3)how do I know what part of my cycle is safe now?
If you took emergency contraception, it can mess your cycle up for a month or two. It may be hard to determine your cycle for a month or two now. NO PART OF YOUR CYCLE CAN BE CONSIDERED SAFE!!! EVER!!! It is very difficult to determine ovulation. Even women who are dedicated charters, taking their basal temperature and checking cervical mucus every day for years, have a hard time saying with certainty when they will ovulate. The body can always surprise us with early or late ovulation out of no where. Relying on avoiding sex during ovulation as a form of birth control is extremely unreliable. Years ago, it was all women had for birth control but they still often had large families. The ONLY way to be 100% sure NOT to get pregnant is to not have sex! The most reliable way to avoid getting pregnant and still be able to be sexually active is to take contraceptives, hormonal contraceptives like the Pill are the most reliable. Taking daily oral contraceptives (the Pill) is about 98-99.9% effective when taken perfectly, meaning every single day and on time. Other hormonal contraceptives are things like NuvaRing, Ortho Evra patches, Implanon/Nexplanon, Mirena, etc. are all very reliable forms of birth control. Then there are barrier methods like condoms and spermicide (must use both to be truly effective), the diaphragm and cervical cap. These can be fairly effective but are more reliant on user competence and consistency. If you are sexually active and dont want to get pregnant then you need to talk to a gynecologist or go to a family planning clinic and discuss with the provider there what options are best for you and your particular lifestyle. Emergency contraceptives should not be used as a regular form of contraception. They are too unreliable. It is better to prevent pregnancy before sex occurs then to try to stop it after the fact.
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