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A 29-year-old female asked:

i was due to have my periods on the 22nd of december and took an emergency contraceptive on 22nd. i am yet to have my periods and had brown discharge.

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Dr. Jeffrey Levine
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Common with EC: Emergency Contraceptives (EC), containing the hormone levonorgestrel, can cause alterations in your subsequent menstrual cycle, which may explain your symptoms. Your risk for pregnancy depends on when you had unprotected sex in relation to ovulation, how soon after you took emergency contraception, and your weight (EC may be less effective if >165lbs). If concerned, check a urine pregnancy test.

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Last updated Dec 26, 2014

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