Ok me and my girl had unprotected sex (for like five seconds then I put the condom on) I told her to take plan B just in case and she did within 72 hours. A week later her period came. But a week after her period passed she has been having headaches, cramping, cravings, etc. We're both freaked out. Can someone please talk to me. Does it affect the second period?!
It could delay her next period, yes. It sounds to me like she is having side effects from the Plan B. It is probably way to early for her to be experiencing pregnancy related illness although you dont say how long ago the sexual activity occurred-most women dont start having pregnancy related problems until they are around 6-8 weeks pregnant at the earliest. Unfortunately the scary thing is that the side effects of the hormones (Plan B is a huge blast of hormones) are a lot of the same symptoms as pregnancy so taking Plan B does little to reassure couples. I am not a big fan of Plan B but I think you guys did the right thing. ANY unprotected penetration has a risk of pregnancy whether you ejaculated or not-men can leak small amounts of sperm all through the sex act, not just during ejaculation, and he cannot feel it or control it but it can result in pregnancy-it only takes one! The better route now is to get your girl to the clinic or a GYN to get a form of routine birth control (the Pill, the Ring, Depo, Nexplanon/Implanon, an IUD-whatever she decides works best for her lifestyle) Routine birth control is safer and much much more effective (most when taken correctly are about 99.9% effective so less than 1% chance for pregnancy-Plan B around 80-90% depending too on where she is in her cycle and timing-women are only fertile for a 3-4 day window when they ovulate and Plan B is designed to delay ovulation until any sperm present in the female reproductive organs dies off-if an egg is fertilized before Plan B has time to work, it wont do anything-she will get pregnant-Plan B wont terminate a pregnancy in progress) Routine hormonal birth control stops ovulation altogether when taken correctly. No egg=no baby no matter how much sperm is floating around inside her! Non hormonal birth control is mainly barrier types of things like condoms, diaphragm, that prevent sperm from getting to an egg cell. Non hormonal birth control is a bit less effective than hormonal birth control. Hormonal birth control is similar to Plan b hormones but Plan B is NOT meant to be a form of birth control. The more it is used, the less effective it becomes and it has a lot more side effects than routine BC. No methods are 100% effective but chances are best that she is NOT pregnant. Like I mentioned, this next period might be a bit delayed, if she gets to be over a week late, buy a pregnancy test. If it comes up negative it is probably just Plan B messing up her cycle. If she misses two periods in a row, she should be seen by a GYN or other physician. Any other questions that I did not answer? I respect you for being a responsible man and standing by your girl so do the right thing and go get real birth control so you guys dont have to stress like this-eventually you will be wanting to have sex again!
- Plan B Information for Consumers
- Plan B Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Plan B (detailed)
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