I took Plan B within 30 minutes of having sex. The condom had broke so it was just a precaution. A week after I’ve been bleeding a little here and there. At first it was a brown discharge but for the pass two days it has been blood. Kind of spotting. Could this mean I’m pregnant? I know I’m not supposed to start my period because I started on 1/1/18 and finished 1/5/18 and had sex and took Plan B on 1/9/18. I do not know if this is a side effect of the Plan B?
Day 1 of your menstrual cycle is the first day of your period.
Most women who have regular periods, ovulate somewhere around days 13-16 of their menstrual cycle. That is when you release an egg.
Up to 7 days before you ovulate, your cervical mucus changes in consistency, so that it can save any sperm that enters your vagina, ready for when you ovulate.
That means that you can get pregnant from sex you had from roughly days 6 to 18 of your menstrual cycle. That's a safe estimate.
From what you said, you were on day 9 of your menstrual cycle. That puts you in the risk zone, so using emergency contraception was sensible.
Plan B works by delaying your ovulation until the sperm leaves your body (sperm can live in your body for up to a week, if your cervical mucus is right for it (during that week before ovulation, when your cervical mucus changes)).
If you're close to, or right on top of ovulation, then you'd need to use one of the other methods of emergency contraception.
Plan B is not as effective as regular hormonal birth control. It's simply worth a try in an emergency. Hopefully it will have worked for you, as you had a number of days before you were due to ovulate.
You can get any symptoms you'd normally get with a pregnancy, period or any other hormonal change in your body. Plan B is a huge dose of artificial hormone. It needs to be, to stop your body from functioning naturally.
That is why it's for total emergencies only. Not regular use.
The symptoms are therefore normal with this Drug.
Your next period may come on time, but it's common to be late. Everyone is different.
There's no way of knowing if it's prevented pregnancy. I'd do an early response pregnancy test when your period would normally have started, even if you think it has started.
- Plan B Information for Consumers
- Plan B Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Plan B (detailed)
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