... my period ended, I had unprotected sex. To be honest, my boyfriend and I were slightly intoxicated, but intoxicated nonetheless. Although he said he didn't finish at all, and he had pulled out as well, we still wanted to be safe and got plan b the next day (about 10-12 hours later). Exactly 7 seven days later I had heavy bleeding for three days (enough for a tampon; visible clots). I was due in a little over three weeks, if I go by my normal 30-day cycle from the day my last period ended. I'm now a week and slightly worried. I plan on visiting my doctor if doesn't start soon, but I was just wondering is it's possible that it's just the Morning After Pill at work? At most, how drastically can plan b actually throw off an individual?
If you are going to be having sex, you should be on birth control! Plan b and other emergency contraceptives are not meant to be birth control. They are not that effective (80-95% depending on where you are in your cycle and how soon after sex it is taken). It is not unusual to see some bleeding about a week, give or take a few days, after you take it. Not all women bleed after taking it though. It is not an indication of whether it worked or not. BTW, what you describe is NOT heavy bleeding. Heavy bleeding is soaking a super tampon every hour or saturating a maxi pad hourly. Plan b is designed to delay ovulation so it will throw off your cycle. You can expect your period to be a week or two late because of this. You should return to normal next month although your cycle may differ slightly from your previous expected dates. A few women find themselves irregular for a couple months or more but this is more unusual. I would go ahead and see your Dr either way and discuss birth control options while you are there! If you keep having unprotected sex, sooner or later pregnancy will occur and generally once you have had sex with a male, he will continue to want to have sex with you more often and it gets harder to say no. It is also easier to make poor decisions when you are intoxicated and it is harder to use barrier birth control methods properly when intoxicated. Hormonal birth control is the most effective type of birth control available and there are several delivery methods, Pills, Rings, Injections, Dermal implants and IUDs and patches. These methods, when used correctly, are 98-99.9% effective depending on correct use and follow up (with the Pill-daily use of the pill at about the same time a day, with the Ring, following instructions exactly and making sure it is not out for more than 3 hours on the active use weeks along with taking it out and putting it back in on schedule, with the injections, getting your injection on time, with dermal implants like Nexplanon, replacing it on time every 3-5 years depending on type used, with Mirena I believe that is replaced every 5 years and patches are replacing the patch on time and making sure it stays adhered to the skin and most of the methods will have a period of time that back up condoms need to be used until the method has had time to work so follow your Drs instructions on starting and when you are to use back up condoms and spermicides. Hormonal birth control is effective, but it is not magic and in most cases doesnt work immediately. Hormones primary job is to stop ovulation. If there is no egg cell released, there can be no baby no matter how many times he ejaculates inside you. Stopping ovulation can take a little time depending on when in your cycle you start the birth control method. Some methods, if started at a certain time in your cycle they can be effective right away so be sure that you understand when to start your chosen method and if you need to have any waiting period before having sex without condoms. Hormones will also decrease the build up of uterine lining so your periods are lighter and less crampy-some methods stop periods altogether which is a plus for many women-other women prefer to be reassured by having a period each month so discuss with your Dr which one you prefer) Having many types of methods means one of them will work well for your particular lifestyle. Hope this helps a little! All the Best! Dzoo
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