I took the Plan B pill last week after I had sex. Then I had sex again yesterday, but I only got my period just today from the Plan B. Can I still get pregnant ?
Yes. You can still get pregnant. Plan B is not as effective as regular hormonal birth control. It's simply worth a try in an emergency. Better than leaving it to chance.
If you take Plan B when you are already ovulating, it can't help you. You'd need one of the other methods of emergency contraception.
The bleeding you have may just be bleeding caused by the Plan B. Your period may come late.
Also, many women have what they think are periods during pregnancy, especially during the first few months.
Plan B works by delaying your ovulation until the sperm has left your body. If you take it on time to delay your ovulation, for example, then it would push your ovulation back, meaning you might ovulate days, or even a week or two, after you were meant to. That could mean that you were ovulating when you had sex a week later (the second time you had unprotected sex). To give you an idea of what I mean.
Most women ovulate around the middle of their menstrual cycle, & are fertile for several days (up to 5 or 6) before ovulation. This is when your cervical mucus changes in consistency in order to save any sperm, ready for your egg descending. This means most women are at high risk of pregnancy from about days 10 to 18 of their menstrual cycle.
Day 1 of your proper period is the 1st day of your menstrual cycle.
Some women differ, but it's a good guide as to whether you were fertile the first time you took it. During that time period, you're best going for one of the other methods of emergency contraception.
You can learn how to tell when you are fertile each month.
You may want to be tested for STDs, too. Both you, your partner & a potential baby could be at risk, without anyone showing symptoms, so best to find out as early as possible.
- Plan B Information for Consumers
- Plan B Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Plan B (detailed)
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