User Reviews for Aftera to treat Emergency Contraception
Aftera has an average rating of 6.9 out of 10 from a total of 213 reviews for the treatment of Emergency Contraception. 62% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 26% reported a negative experience.
Reviews for Aftera
"I am so thankful I am not pregnant and it did the job, but this pill seriously messed up my cycle and had me so anxious for about two months. I wasn’t due to get my period for another two weeks at the time I took the pill. Six days later, I started bleeding, and it lasted about four days. The first two days it was maybe enough to fill tampons, but the other days it was very light, like only there when I wiped. Fast forward to when my period was scheduled to come - still no period. I ended up getting my period ten days late, but I could have sworn I was pregnant. I had been having creamy white discharge for about two weeks and had been feeling bloated with cramps and headaches - this NEVER happens to me! My period is here now, but it’s significantly lighter than it normally is. I have taken Plan B once before in the past, and I never had any problems at all. Ladies, please spend the extra $10, or even better, get on regular birth control! Also, stay off Google to stay sane."
"I am a teen and if you are one too you might want to read this if your stressing and want to know how this works. I had sex with boyfriend he came in me with no condom. We bought aftera 1 hour or so later. My boobs were sore for about two weeks, it first started the day after I had taken the pill. The pain may get really bad but just breathe and relax, its a side affect. I got cramps here and there but it would feel like a little kick to my stomach. Then I had spotting for one day. I thought I was pregnant because of the dark color but that is also a side affect. Just breathe and let the pill do its work. Plan B and aftera are the same thing. Same ingredients. Don't dig through every website trying to see if your pregnant or not, its okay"
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"First of all, I just want to start off by saying this emergency contraception works GOOD. Some of the reviews were saying that this “aftera” pill is cheap and doesn’t work, well let me tell you all that’s false. Aftera has worked wonders for me about 13 times, I’ve taken this pill various times and it’s worked every time (regardless if you’re ovulating or not). Price doesn’t always matter as long as it’s a reasonable price. I started using aftera because plan b was out of stock, personally I prefer aftera over plan b. They both contain 1.5 mg of levonorgestrel so there’s really no difference besides pricing. But for some reason plan b always makes me spot, cramp up, and nauseous. Ladies don’t let bad reviews get to you, everyone’s situation is different and it also depends on how long after sex you took the pill."
"I took Aftera (hour post sex) after I realized I was in my fertile window (5 days before ovulation) and my partner and I had unprotected sex (used the withdrawal method). I remember waking up the next day and I felt as if I had the stomach flu and my period at the same time. I did not have any sort of bleeding or spotting in between me taking the pill and my period (which came a week early). I had much more discharge, cramps and bloating for about 2 weeks. I had severe anxiety due to reading that the chances of Aftera working in your fertile window are lower… THAT IS NOT TRUE! My period came a week early and I had severe PMS symptoms before hand. My period is extremely heavy and painful cramps. DO NOT GOOGLE YOUR SYMPTOMS BECAUSE IT WILL SAY PREGNANCY!!! The internet does not know your body, only you do. Trust the pill!"
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"I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend ON my ovulation day, he did pull out method, and I took the Aftera pill the next morning. I never heard of this brand before, but plan b was out of stock so I had to use this one. Anyway, throughout the month I noticed I started to get thick white discharge and that just meant the pill was doing it’s job in thickening your uterine wall to prevent implantation. I was actually overthinking because I came to read some reviews about other women’s experiences and the pill supposedly does not work if your a certain amount of weight but I weight 155 lbs. And all I could say is The pill WORKS. At ANY time of the cycle. I got my Period right on time. But it’s also normal if you either get it a week late or early! So ladies, please, stop worrying about being pregnant! If you took the pill within the first 3 days, then YOUR good! Just let the pill do its job."
"I wanted to share my experience that was very different from everyone else's on here. Not only did this work and did NOT get pregnant, but I experienced no side effects AT ALL. No cramps, nausea, anything. I was actually so shocked because after reading these reviews I was so scared... while it may have side effects for some people, I just wanted to share that at least I'm one example of someone who this worked completely for with no pain! :)"
"i’m never the type to write reviews but i felt the need because i haven’t read about anyone who had my experience?? but I took the pill a day after i had unprotected sex (July 29) just to be safe and my period actually skipped the whole month of august (my last period was July 18) and I got scared thinking i was pregnant but i took 2 different pregnancy test in that month of August and and they came out negative. On September 13th i got light spotting for about 6-7 days but not enough to fill up a pad which also scared me because i was only spotting and I took another pregnancy test which came out negative. It is now October 2nd and i finally got a normal period flow. The pill works but it really messes up your cycle, i was paranoid for like 2 whole months!"
"I was having sex with my girl friend than the condom broke. I was so worried so we bought the pill around 30 minutes later. I was so worried about the pill not working since it was cheaper and we had to wait for her period. I’m too young for a child. I was so stressed and so worried for around 3 weeks but it worked. It works don't overthink guys let it do what it has to do and you’ll be good"
"I used Aftera and trust me ladies this works wonders. I was kind of hesitant to use Aftera since it’s the generic version of plan b but it works like a charm. I’m in college and so not ready for a baby right now so this definitely was good. Hopefully this gave you some type of hope when using this❤️❤️"
"I was so unbelievably petrified when I had sex and the condom broke. I ran to cvs the second it opened which was around 8 hours after I had sex. They were out of plan b and aftera was the only option. I figured better than nothing. I googled the entire day, it said I was in my highest fertility window and I had absolutely no side effects. That made me even more nervous. I woke up today knowing I should get my period in absolute panic but it worked. I wrote this because I didn't find many happy reviews and I really could have used one while I was excessively googling. I hope this helps one person. I am one happy customer!"
"I told myself I would write a detailed review after using Aftera because reading these reviews was the only thing keeping me sane while waiting for my next period to come. First off... I read so many negative reviews of people saying this didn't work and they were annoyed they didn't just spend the extra money for plan b. Ladies... this drug is the SAME EXACT thing as Plan B. All of the ingredients are exactly the same and the only reason it cost less is because generic meds are funded and advertised differently. In fact, I am sure many of you are on generic birth control pills or have been prescribed generic antibiotics in the past and they all work just the same. We also don't know the details of the comment poster's sex life, meaning if they are having regular sex, they could have fallen pregnant either before of after taking emergency contraception and blame the unintended pregnancy on the pill not working. Try not to freak yourself out too much by reading the negative reviews :)"
"a week ago I had pull out sex with a guy friend - desperate times, desperate measures and he pulled out in time but I checked my app and I was in my fertile window so I freaked out and went to CVS at 2am and aftera was all they had in store. So I took a chance, and I didn't really notice any symptoms besides sore boobs, and then this morning I woke up and was cramping really bad and had brown spotting, of course google said it was implantation bleeding so I sped to walmart to get a pregnancy test of course it was going to come back negative, its only been a week, but I am super high anxiety and I did some more research and discovered it was just the pill working and it is 5 am I'm sitting here still freaking out reading through all these for peace of mind and I started bleeding with clots, as far as I know I'm not pregnant so i'll say it worked for me! Girls stay off the internet."
"My boyfriend finished in me. My period tracker said it was the day of ovulation. I took Aftera within an hour after sex. I heard it doesn't work when you ovulate but app trackers are not always 100% accurate so I was hoping I hadn't ovulated yet or that I ovulated earlier. The pill is designed to delay your ovulation by 4-5 days (the # of days it takes sperm to die) if you haven't ovulated yet, your ovulation will be delayed by 4-5 days, hence why people experience spotting, I assume it's an indication of your delayed ovulation. For people who don't spot, hang in there cause you might have ovulated earlier so the pill in retrospect, wasn't necessary. Symptoms: I suffered from severe nausea and cramps for 10 days up until my flow came, usually my boobs become really sore but they weren't this time. I was one of the lucky ones, I assume I had ovulated 1 day earlier than the app predicted."
"I took Aftera after messing up my birth control and a partner hadn’t withdrew. I had all the side effects of pregnancy which weren’t unbearable just freaked me out a lot. The one thing that stressed me out the most was the spotting I got for an hour 10 days after I took the pill which I could’ve swore was implantation bleeding. But all in all the time for my period came and it came right on time so I say don’t freak out and stop looking up symptoms!!"
"Omg so let me tell y’all about this EC! I took it once before in October, my November period was pretty regular I think a little late. Then I took it again in December, on the day after last day of my period day 6. I had spotting a week and a day later; blackish brownish light pink and bright red at one point. It lasted about two, three days. My period was due for on Jan 01, yall a week later still nothing. I took numerous test all negative; my period finally came on the 9th. Over a week after it was supposed to come. Thankful!! My period has never been that later tho ever, so I was nervous. Emergency contraceptives really mess with your hormones and mess with your body as well. I would recommend taking one only if absolutely necessary. I’ve popped enough plan b’s and other ec; and the effects like nausea, bloating, irregular cycles, and stress isn’t worth it to be taking it like vitamins. Hope this helps! I’m celibate now."
"I left a previous review about how amazing Aftera was for me but I have a disclaimer: It CAN delay your period It CAN cause mood swings and irritation It CAN give you cramps, weakness, and simply make your body of whack. But for the wonders it worked, it was totally worth it."
"I made myself a promise that I would review this if it worked for me. I had a mishap during sex and the condom slipped off. I was not entirely sure if he ejaculated in me or not. At first, I was going to play it out since it was at around one a.m but I got super paranoid since I was ovulating. I got Aftera 5-8 hours after the mishap. The symptoms I had were beyond crazy. My boobs were itchy and sore, I was tired all the time, peeing frequently, constantly bloated or nauseous( basically most of the pregnancy symptoms for about two weeks). I took two pregnancy tests which both came out negative despite symptoms. My period was late by about three days. It was so light that I thought it was spotting. Came for less days too. On to my second month, my period came in a week early and is very heavy. I hope this soothes your anxiety. I did not get pregnant and I hope your experience will be good."
"I'm so happy plan B or aftera worked for you all. My husband and I did have a "slip up" about 1 week before my period was due. I was not on birth control after having our son in Sept. (hubby is scheduled for a VASECTOMY next month.) So we got a giant box of condoms to play it safe until he has the procedure done. Well thank you tequila - we didn't use one that night anyway. Stupid, I KNOW! So we wake up the next morn, & I freaked out after my sober brain had time to register my mess up! I rushed him to the store for plan B. I took it about 12 hours after sex. Then waited the long dreaded week for my period. When it didn't come on its due date I started to panic, but still thought I was just being paranoid. I reached out to my sister whose an RN and she assured me that my period was just late because my cycle had been disrupted. I felt better but asked hubby to pick up a test anyway. I kid you not, that damn test was positive before I was even done peeing on the stick. Last baby 9/3/19 Due 9/28/20"
"I wanted to write a review because reading reviews was the only thing that helped me relax while waiting for my period. I took Aftera 15 days ago after having unprotected sex. He completed finished inside of me twice and this was 2-3 days before ovulation. I waited 40 hours before I took the pill because I had a big work day the day after the incident and I remember that I always have had terrible side effects with morning after pills. But I wouldn’t suggest that! Take the pill right away!! And man o man the side effects are terrible for me. I swore I was pregnant. I was dizzy off and on with nausea for the past two weeks. My boobs were huge and I had cramping pretty much since I took the pill. The cramping was not like normal period cramps which made me nervous because I was worried for implantation cramping. Part of me was so worried I was pregnant. But my period came one day before it was supposed to and I feel so relieved. Try to hang in there! Let’s try n practice safe sex!"
"I just wanted to let everyone know if you take a plan b style contraceptive AFTER you have ovulated, which is difficult for some women to predict, it might not work. Regardless of brand. That's what I have learned. I have taken each a couple times and they worked fine both brands until I took one after ovulation. Just wanted to share that experience."
"Had unprotected sex (I know dumb) on my ovulation day and he decided to finish inside (dumb again) I bought this pill about 8 hours later. No side effects and my period came right on schedule. After taking it I read all the reviews here. A lot negative and have been a nervous wreck since. I conceived all my kids on first try so I get pregnant easily... don't worry or stress if you're reading this. It definitely works!"
"I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend on 10/2/19. I took Aftera about 20 minutes after. Since I’m over 176 lbs I took a double dose. I bleed from 10/3/19-10/9/19 on and off. My period was expected on 10/3/19 so I figured the bleeding was from the pill and my period as well. I took a pregnancy test today and I am pregnant. Do not buy this. It’s an absolute waste of money!"
"I still don't know if this pill works. I'm late a few days, my breast feel like they're going to explode and I get these light to moderate cramping every single day. I didn't feel symptoms right away, it actually started like a week after and it's been two weeks already. I took Aftera after ovulation so I hope it doesn't fail me."
"I wanted to leave a review because your reviews meant so much to me when I was scared and freaking out: I had unprotected sex Sunday morning and he didn't pull out in time. I was not on birth control. I got/took Aftera almost exactly 24 hrs later because they were out of Plan B. I experienced some slight pain and headaches but I started my period 5 days later. This absolutely works, even if you can't take it immediately after unprotected sex. I was so scared that because I had waited 24 hrs that it was too late but it wasn't. And just because this is the more generic version, it does work just remember we've all got different circumstances going on. Happy New year :)"
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"I'm never one to write any types of reviews but I felt like I needed to write one now since this was the only thing that kept me sane while I was waiting for my period. Firstly, just breathe youre gonna be okay. I had unprotected sex on the night of 9/3, he didnt pull out, he completely finished in me. I am not on birth control. Not even an hour after we ran out and bought Aftera (they were sold out of plan b). Turns out my ovulation day was 9/4! I was going crazy because I did experience side effects like headaches, I was so sleepy, I was also cramping. I was supposed to get my period 9/18 and it came 9/20!! only 2 days late. Ladies try not to freak yourselves out I know its hard but this pill works!! The more you stress the later your period could potinentally be, just try not to think about it because there’s nothing you can do right now. Just remember theres so many other females going through the same exact thing. You're not alone, stay positive and good luck to all of you!! <3"