Plan B - I had unprotected sex the first week of October. My boyfriend did not come inside me, but I
- 24 Oct 2013 by Peachy19
- 24 October 2013
- plan b, emergency contraception, postcoital contraception, pregnancy, menstruation, sex, period, unprotected sex
Added 24 Oct 2013:
I had unprotected sex the first week of October. My boyfriend did not come inside me, but I took Plan B one step anyways within 24-48 hours. My normal period was supposed to come October 25, but one week after taking Plan B, I started bleeding. At first, it was like an extremely light pink discharge that was only visible if I wiped myself, so it was not on my underwear. Then the discharge turned brownish and then the next day, the blood was more reddish like a normal period. It lasted for 5 days and my usual period is 5-6 days. I did not have any cramps and the bleeding was a bit lighter than my usual period. That period came on October 10 and exactly two weeks later, this morning (October 24), I got my period again. This date is also closer to when I was supposed to get my normal period. The blood is red and heavier than last time, but it's how my normal menstrual bleeding is like. I know after taking Plan B, you can get your period earlier than expected, but I did not know you would get another period 2 weeks later, around your normal expected period time. Can someone please offer some information? Is this normal? I know Plan B messes up your menstrual cycle for a while because of the hormones, but does this mean I might have a period every 2 weeks for a while? Should I expect my next period near November 10 or November 24? If anyone has gone through something similar, please let me know. Thanks in advance!
Plan b will many times bring on a bleed about a week after taking it, often a woman's next period is delayed but it sounds like yours wasnt. Plan b can make your period irregular but it likely wont last too long. You will probably return to normal next cycle. Plan b has a large blast of hormones designed to delay ovulation until sperm has had time to "die". Your were smart to take Plan b as "pulling out" is no guarantee that you wont get pregnant as sperm are leaked out long before a male ejaculates (or "comes") and he wont even be aware it has occurred and he cannot control this leakage. Granted, the majority of sperm are released during ejaculation but it only takes one so any bare skin to skin penetration needs to be considered as possible exposure. Plan b is only 80% effective where regular birth control pills are more like 98-99.9% effective when taken correctly and consistently. If you are going to be sexually active then you are much safer using a more reliable form of birth control like birth control pills, the Nuva Ring, Depo-Provera, Mirena etc. Plan b and other forms of emergency contraception are not meant to be used for regular birth control and shouldnt be used just because you didnt feel like using other protection. It is just not effective enough to rely on unless there is no other choice! I think you will be fine this time and should return to normal next cycle or two.
- Plan B Information for Consumers
- Plan B Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Plan B (detailed)
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