User Reviews for Take Action to treat Emergency Contraception
Take Action has an average rating of 6.0 out of 10 from a total of 245 ratings for the treatment of Emergency Contraception. 43% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 30% reported a negative experience.
Reviews for Take Action
"I had unprotected sex 2 days before ovulation. He came inside of me so I freaked. 16 hrs later I went to Walgreens & they were out of plan b so I resorted to Takeaction. It was my first time taking it, I read awful reviews so I was terrified. 3 days in, felt nauseous. 4-7 days after taking it nauseous, incredibly tired, mood swings, and an appetite increase. Day 8 extreme boob tenderness & severe back pain/cramping. I looked up symptoms & they all pointed to early pregnancy so I flipped out. Day 9, still boob tenderness, when I went to the bathroom I saw pink discharge (another early pregnancy symptom)I was so scared I prayed & cried every night, finally 11 days later I got a full period. My flow is heavier, I'm more bloated than normal, but I got it! This pill definitely impacts your hormones but try not to stress out, let your body adapt and react, all you can do is wait and pray. Take a pregnancy test if you are a week or two late, before you stress. I hope this helps calm someone."
"I wanted to come on here to relieve any of you ladies who are worrying like I was. After reading some of the reviews and I was SCARED. So. The day after my period ended I was having unprotected sex when he accidentally fully came in me. I was PANICKING since I was in my fertile window. He went to Walgreens but Plan B was out so he grabbed TAKE ACTION. I took it roughly 6 hours later. A week later I went to the bathroom in the morning and BOOM sooo much blood! I was so relieved! But I thought it was odd since I JUST had my period not even a week ago. Well now, it’s roughly when I should’ve gotten my period but now but I was unsure since I had a mini period . Just went to CVS and got a pregnancy test. Negative! It’s going to be okay !!!"
"A few weeks ago I was worried and reading these reviews. I was unaware about the “plan b doesn’t work after ovulation” theory until after having unprotected sex during my fertile days. I literally kept myself up all night after being on google too long and ultimately convinced myself that I was pregnant. Safe to say, I am not. Don’t stress yourself out over everything you read online, sis."
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"Hello, hopefully this helps some of you. I told myself I would write a review for this pill. Here we go! So, My boyfriend and I had sex on 2/6/20. We used a condom. He came and when he pulled out, we realized it had broken inside of me. He bought the "Take action" pill and I took it the next day 2/7/20 I have never taken this pill before. (I ate some food just in case because I didn't know if it was going to be hard on my body like plan b was.) I felt nauseous at first, but then it went away. I felt literally no nasty symptoms like plan b made me feel. (Then again it depends on the girls body so who knows). I started getting period symptoms on the 11th, 12th, and 13th of February. On Valentine's day I got my period! And I still have it right now. I really don't have any cramps just kinda a heavier flow. But the pill works!! Also I'm quite young so am not ready for a baby. Take care ladies ! Don't stress your period will show up."
"Okay, I promised myself that I would do a review once I started my period to calm some of you ladies who are freaking right now. I took the pill probably about 45 minutes after unprotected sex. A week later I started spotting, so of course I was freaking out thinking it wasn’t my period. It was very light spotting, but my cramps were AWFUL! I was shaking they were so bad. The bleeding lasted 5 days, so I was hoping it was my period. A few days later I experienced every pregnancy symptom in the book.. headaches, nausea, exhaustion, sore boobs/nipples, weight gain, cravings. You name it! It felt like the most stressful few months of my life.. this month I was 6 days late on my period and FINALLY started! This pill does have side affects for some people! Not all.. but! If you take it before 72 hours I promise it works! You’ll be okay I promise.❤️"
"ahhh. So on Sept 29 my boyfriend came in me during sex. (I’m not on birth control) so later that night I got a take action from Walgreens. This was about 10 hours after the incident and I took it immediately. This was also 13 days before my period so I think that means I was fertile? Anyways, it’s been 2 weeks and I still feel nausea, I have mood swings, worst cramps ever, changes in bowel movements, and just waiting for some sort of blood. My period is supposed to start around the 10th of every month, and I’m pretty sure my period is starting but it’s a day late. I’ve taken several pregnancy tests every morning when I wake up and they have all been negative and it’s been 15 days now. I will add to this if anything else happens, but so far I think it worked?! Side effects are brutal though"
"Okay so first off you’re going to okay. You were probably like me scrolling through these reviews trying to find something similar to you. I had unprotected sex on Nov. 30 & took the take action pill on Dec. 1. Every time before in this kind of situation I have always used Plan B or 1 time I used My Way. I’ve never had a late period or no symptoms with those pills. Exactly 1 week later from taking the take action pill I had dark brown discharge and bled for 3 days. I freaked out and thought it was implantation bleeding. I waited for my period, nothing came and I had sore breasts, had cramps, and some days I didn’t. I took 2 pregnancy tests and both were negative. My period finally came on Dec. 31 and I have had really heavy bleeding and severe cramps. Spend the money on the Plan B and If your'e period doesn’t come on time avoid the stress and take a test. Wouldn’t recommend this pill at all, but it worked."
"I had unprotected sex on the 22 of March, 2 days after my fertile window had started. So I took “Take Action” an hour after the incident. At first, everything was fine, and we had unprotected sex two times within the next 2 hours. The next few days, I started experiencing dizziness, back pain, heavy discharge, and headaches. Emotionally, I had anxiety attacks, depression, and suicidal thoughts. I am pro-life, and more than once, I considered abortion if I was pregnant. The day before I got my period, I had a severe panic attack. It was one of the worst attacks ever, with nausea and a rapid heartbeat. That night, I began having severe period cramps. I was discharging brown and hints of red very slowly. The next day, that kept on happening, but towards the night, it turned into blood. So I got my period, it works, but just get birth control or use a condom. I don’t care about the physical side effects, but the deterioration of mental health is not worth it."
"Please do not be discouraged ladies! Take Action worked for me. I took it within 36 hours with a full bottle of water. I was nauseous for about two days and other than that I was fine. No other side effects. My period came about a week early. My current weight is 203 pounds. I know this drug is not 100% effective but there is a HUGE possibility that it will work. #BeBlessed"
"I got the pill at walmart because they were out of plan b so I got this one. Then after I took it I decided to look at the reviews and then oh my, they were all AWFUL of course that made me worry everyone was complaining about all the “side effects” and how overall it was just horrible so that mad me super worried soon after I took it. But all I can say is it was not bad at all!! No side effects besides and early period and some gnarly cramps but I’m used to that, it was nothing pills and a heating pad won’t fix! Also many people said it made they period a week longer but I can say that also did not happen to me even though it made me learn my lesson I would definitely take it again if I needed to and I just wanna you girls to know it’s OKAY YOU'LL BE GOOD!"
"Sooo... I told myself I would write a review once I got my period so here I am. My bf and I had unprotected sex on April 16 one day before my ovulation day April 17 ... I know dumb. He said he might’ve cum in me so for precaution we decided to take a plan b. With all the Covid going on out local Walmart closes at 8 now so we have to wait until the next morning. We had to settle for the take action pill because plan b was sold out everywhere. So I took the pill and waited. I had anxiety because who wouldn’t. I also had all the side effects.. headache, nausea, dizziness it was horrible. I wasn’t suppose to get my period until May 2 so I was letting time do it’s thing and I was being patient. Well long story short my period came one day late. It works as long as you take it ASAP, all the side effects suck but it works. Don’t freak out because I didn’t when I started reading some of the bad reviews."
"Okay so I also said I was going to write a review if everything went well ! I had sex on April 18th around 8am not to mention my period ended on the 15th of that month . The condom slipped off so we weren’t sure if cum got inside of me. That day I got the take action pill & took it at 11:45pm. I started spotting on the 25th until the 27th , it was slimy & I had a bunch of clots. I was kinda scared because I started to google stuff up & it was a sign of pregnancy so please don’t google stuff ! I had cramps & I would get disgusted after I ate most of the time . Also sometimes headaches. I also started to get really watery discharge . My period was 18 days late ! & I took a bunch of pregnancy tests from clear blue & 1st response so I wasn’t sure if they tests were just wrong I was so paranoid. My period came on May 28th & ended on June 2nd .. I also don’t recommend this pill I've take plan B & it was never done this to me making my period so late !"
"Listen up beautiful ladies. I know you are reading reviews and about to lose your mind. I will be as detailed as possible to ease your mind. I had a period 11/4. Had an accident with my boyfriend and he ended up coming fully inside me smack in my fertilization window. I took this pill within the initial 24 hour window. (About 18 hours). For almost two weeks.. I FELT PREGNANT. My boobs grew and were in an immense amount of pain. I'm talking couldn't bear to wear a bra. I had cramps. It has been the most stressful time of my life. 1.5 weeks after I took the pill... I started my period and felt a huge hormone drop. This pill worked. But I have never felt so terrible in my life. Be careful lovies"
"So I posted earlier on August 21st under the same name London and this is follow up from PCP my blood work says negative and I took like 2 more pregnancy test that were negative. I still haven’t gotten my period it’s 10 days late, my pcp stated the morning after pill being taken twice in one month can throw off my cycle. So this pill works for me. I am not pregnant and just have to wait for my period to come back to normal."
"okay I thought I would share my experience because some of these reviews kept me sane the past couple days. I had a one night stand (something I typically wouldn’t do) he thought he pulled out but texted me the next day and said I should probably buy plan b. Take action was all walgreens had so I had to go with that. I experienced cramps from HELL and my boobs hurt so bad. I was supposed to start my period of the 19th and it didn’t come so naturally I was a bit worried. The next day came and still no period so I took a test and it was negative. Then I woke up with my period this morning so it worked and just gave me some bad side effects. if you’re late after you took this don't worry!! it’s normal for that to happen and remember ladies, we have options for pregnancy. Try not to stress!! :)"
"I never write reviews but I am hoping this helps someone/calms some nerves. I had unprotected sex on May 22nd (5 days after my period so I was close to my fertile window). He said he didn't finish in me but I was not 100% sure so I got this pill just in case. I took it around 17 hours later. It was not my first time taking this, but this time was different. I had some weird cramping and nausea for a few days and then I ended up spotting/having a mini period a week after taking the pill. I was a little freaked out because this has never happened but after reading reviews, this seems quite normal. The last two weeks, my breasts have been insanely sore and I have been insanely bloated. I definitely thought I was pregnant. Then, I FINALLY GOT MY PERIOD TODAY. On my Flo App, it says I was around 10 days late. If anyone is freaking out, just wait and be patient. Stressing about getting your period can make it late too."
"4 weeks ago me and my bf became intimate for the first time. We didn’t have protection around, but continued. He pulled out but was late and some was in. Took the pill 24+ hours after the incident. Heard they make you nauseous, felt nothing. I had what I think was my period a few days after taking the pill (It can change the cycle/ bleed). But oh boy fast forward three weeks, I had cramping, constipation, gas, tender breasts and bloating. All this coming around the time you would start to have pregnancy signs. I thought I was done for right there. I bought a pregnancy test however and it came up negative, I didn’t believe it. For a whole week I had these side effects, These side effects finally stopped about three days ago and I got my period today. This period took less than 25 days to come. (I’m not on birth control/ irregular periods). It works but messes you up, if you’re like me, these side effects don’t appear until weeks after, try not to panic. Keep your head up ladies!"
"I took this pill within two hours of unprotected sex. Almost exactly 12 hours after taking it, I woke up to terrible cramping in my abdomen. That whole day I had the worst nausea of my life, including vomiting and diarrhea throughout the day. I couldn’t keep any food down. I almost passed out later that night, likely because my blood sugar was so low from not eating all day. I had some spotting about a week later, which was about when my period was supposed to come. However, I have not had a period since. It’s been about two months. I’ve taken pregnancy tests and they have come back negative. For the last few weeks, I have gotten cramps and some breast tenderness and irrationality that is usually associated with my period, but still no period. Planning to head to the doctor soon. Don’t recommend this pill."
"So if you’re reading this please take a deep breath, because I know you’re freaking out. I took the Take Action morning after pill probably between 6-8 hours after having the condom broke. I took the pill 6 days before my period was due.The few days following I was irritable, extremely bloated, and eating non stop. I woke up to really bad cramps and bleeding 7 days later. It worked. I have used Plan B many times in my life and it never has failed. This was the first time with the Take action, the cramping and bleeding is heavier and last longer. Yes the bleeding and cramping is worse and people rate this low for this reason, if you’re taking this pill I would rather bleed for a week or two longer verse being pregnant am I right? So honestly if you don’t want to spend the extra money and you’re fine with bleeding it’s fine. Like I said I’ve used these pills many times without fail- you will bleed between a week or two after taking this pill."
"about a month ago i had unprotected sex in which my boyfriend pulled out but we were worried there was some in me. about 36 hours after got the pill took it then a couple days later i had felt sick but i believe i had actually gotten sick i threw up and got rid of my cold i believe and i felt fine. a week after taking the pill i had some bleeding for about 4-5 days which is my regular period length but it came a week early. it’s now been a month later and my period is 8 days late i’m freaking myself out because some people say it skipped their period or it came 10 days late but mines still not here. what sucks is i was suppose to start birth control my next period but it still hasn’t came. i also have no symptoms i feel fine, my boobs hurt but it was slight and went away, i don’t feel sick or dizzy. i feel just worried and don’t know what i should do because it’s still not here."
"I took this pill beginning of Jan 2020, I got one period about 10 days after taking the pill. For this month of Feb I am late on my period but I keep spotting. This pill has given me breast soreness, and every period symptom for weeks now but still no period. Nausea, and weakness, mood swings. Never experienced this with Plan B."
"I had sex on November 29, the condom broke. I went and bought this pill and I’ll never do it again. My period had just ended and I had sex. When I got this pill I took it the same day, a couple hours after. That week I had some red discharge for a couple days and then it completely stopped. My period was suppose to start a couple days before Xmas but still hasn’t came. Just took 2 pregnancy tests and both were NEGATIVE. Hoping my body recovers and goes back to normal in a couple weeks. Will update you guys on here. I was stressing out. It gotten some relief after taking both tests and seeing it was negative."
"I took this Take Action pill March 20th 2019 just 2 hours after having unprotected sex, when it was time for my period to come I did not receive it I was late and I took a pregnancy test it was negative. After two months of not having my period I went to the doctor to see if I was pregnant did ultra sounds and was not pregnant . The pill threw my hormones all over the place, it’s been 7 months that I have not received my period . Until today almost 8 months I finally got my period ...."
"So I read the reviews before I took this and I was very hesitant to take it but unfortunately Walmart was out of Plan B and this was the only option. The app I use to track my cycle is very accurate and I just so happened to be ovulating so I really wasn’t in a position to be picky about what I take. I waited over 24 hours to take it so I was kind of nervous it would not work but I got my period! It was four days early and my cycle is usually VERY heavy but it has actually not been too terrible to deal with. I had NONE of the symptoms that other people complained about. I did take this with food, I’m not sure if that made a difference. All in all, I would say my experience with this was 10/10"
"Going to start this off with Take Action WORKED for me but I had a whole month of freaking out about possibly being pregnant. I took Take Action 20 hours after unprotected sex. On the ninth day after I took the pill I started bleeding and wasn't sure if it was my period or what. It more then spotting but not as heavy as my normal period no cramping, lots of clots. Lasted for 5 days like my period. Than a week later is when I started noticing all the pregnancy symptoms! Like sore breast ,feeling sick ,discharge that’s when I really started freaking out. I’m not sure if this was the pill side effects or nerves but it was horrible took 9 negative pregnancy test 3-4 weeks later that didn’t calm my nerves I finally broke down and went to the doctor both urine and blood test was NEGATIVE a month later. I just wanted to maybe let people read my story and relate - the pill did work in my case. Everyone’s body is different and non of theses stories are alike so keep that in mind."
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