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5 days ago. Took lo loestrin blue pills as an emergency contraception. I can't afford plan b.Been spotting blood with a clear discharge. Am i pregnant?

5 days ago. Took lo loestrin blue pills as an emergency contraception. I can't afford plan b.Been spotting blood with a clear discharge. Am i pregnant?

Emergency: Contraceptives side effects can include spotting or bleeding, changes in menstrual flow or your period may be late or early. So, your spotting does not mean that you are pregnant. The only 100% way that a woman knows she is not pregant after taking an emergency contraceptive is when she gets her actual period. Take care. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Contraception (Definition)

Contraceptiion is a means of preventing conception (or fertilization). There are hormonal and non hormonal methods of preventing sperm and egg from meeting. Talk to your doctor or clinic about what options are best for you. There are short acting methods (condoms, pills, patch, ring) and long ...Read more


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I started taking birth control (Lo Loestrin Fe) on 11/8. On 11/4, I took Plan B due to an emergency. This morning, the condom broke. What should I do?

I started taking birth control (Lo Loestrin Fe) on 11/8. On 11/4, I took Plan B due to an emergency. This morning, the condom broke. What should I do?

Thorough history: In order to give qualified advice to a woman, where there is no way to tell, how different regimens of hormones may have impacted her cycle, a thorough history needs to be taken. This can best be done during a doctors' visit. ...Read more

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Can lo loestrin fe birth control pills be used as emergency contraceptives?Took 2 pills after unprotected sex and 2 more the next day, am i ok?

Can lo loestrin fe birth control pills be used as emergency contraceptives?Took 2 pills after unprotected sex and 2 more the next day, am i ok?

Plan B : Anyone having intercourse without birth control or condoms may get pregnant. If intercourse was within 72 hours you consider taking plan b. Ella (ulipristal acetate) is another brand that can be used up to 5 days after unprotected intercourse. Plan b is a high dose of birth control to disrupt the hormonal patterns to delay or prevent ovulation. Abnormal bleeding after is common. Check preg test in 10 days. ...Read more

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Took my bc pills as a form of Plan B (lo loestrin fe, 4 pills, 12 hours apart, pills m-th). How do I continue to take my birth control? Today is mon.

Took my bc pills as a form of Plan B (lo loestrin fe, 4 pills, 12 hours apart, pills m-th). How do I continue to take my birth control? Today is mon.

One per day: You should continue taking your pill one per day as you normally would. I am confused though. If you were already on birth control then there was no need to take Plan B or a form of emergency contraception. That is what birth control is for. Also you did not do the correct dose since you are on a 10 mg birth control pill. You underdosed. Its best to consult with a doctor before doing things alone. ...Read more

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What is emergency contraception process?

What is emergency contraception process?

Take the medication: Plan b is a two dose regiment taken 12 hours apparat. Plan b one step is a single dose. Both must be taken within 72 hours of the event. ...Read more

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How effective is emergency contraception?

Efficacy: Levonogestrel pills can reduce your risk of pregnancy by up to 95% is used within 24 hours of sex. They are up to 89 percent effective when taken within 72 hours (three days) after unprotected sex. They continue to reduce the risk of pregnancy up to 120 hours (five days) after unprotected sex, but they are less effective as time passes. ...Read more

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What type of emergency contraception is there?

What type of emergency contraception is there?

Plan B: It is available as an over the counter pill. Read and follow the instructions as it is best given within 24 hours of unprotected intercourse. ...Read more

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What are the options for emergency contraception?

What are the options for emergency contraception?

Yes: Plan b one-step is over the counter and is levonorgesterol. It is most effective if taken right away. Ella (ulipristal acetate) requires a prescription, contains ulipristal, and may be a bit more effective after a few days. The copper containing iud, paraguard is also a highly effective emergency contraceptive that is good for 10 years. ...Read more

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What are the aftereffects of taking emergency contraception pills?

What are the aftereffects of taking emergency contraception pills?

Nausea, late period: You may expect some nausea and a change in your menstrual cycle. Your period may not come when you expect it. If it is more than 2 wks late, you should do a pregnancy test. ...Read more

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I took emergency contraception, what are my chances of still being preg?

I took emergency contraception, what are my chances of still being preg?

Depends how soon: Depends when you took it. The sooner after unprotected sex the better it works. Varies from around 95% effective if taken right away to about 85% if taken 3-5 days later. Consider a copper iud if you're looking for something more effective. ...Read more

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Does emergency contraception cause weight gain?

Does emergency contraception cause weight gain?

No: But remember emergency contraception is supposed to be taken only in an emergency, it's not an every day medication. For routine contraception use some other method and make sure it protects you from HIV and STD's as well. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have enlarged breasts taking emergency contraception?

Is it normal to have enlarged breasts taking emergency contraception?

Side effects: Potential side effects with emergency contraception can include: tender breasts; changes in menstrual flow (spotting, bleeding, early or late period); loose stools; dizziness; headache; nausea/ vomiting; abdominal discomfort or feeling tired. If you develop chest tightness, difficulty breathing, swelling of lips, mouth, throat – call 911. Notify your doctor if you miss your period. See below. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have heavy bleeding after taking emergency contraception?

Is it normal to have heavy bleeding after taking emergency contraception?

It can happen: Emergency contraception can change your next period--it can come early, or be delayed. It might be heavier, but there are other causes of heavy bleeding including stds that should be checked to be sure. If you had unprotected sex and thus a risk of stds, you should get a check. ...Read more

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How soon after emergency contraception can you continue a birth control pack?

Around 2-3 days..: The emergency-pill is 2-3x the amount of medication packed in it, so i would say that you should be able to take your regular pill 2-3 days after. I don't believe there is any data available addressing this specific question, but the pharmacology of the plan-b pack suggests 2-3 days should be ok. If any trouble, consult your doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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How soon should your period start after you have taken emergency contraception?

How soon should your period start after you have taken emergency contraception?

Menses: Potential side effects with emergency contraception can include: tender breasts; changes in menstrual flow (spotting, bleeding, early or late period); loose stools; dizziness; headache; nausea/ vomiting; abdominal discomfort or feeling tired. If you develop chest tightness, difficulty breathing, swelling of lips, mouth, throat – call 911. Notify your doctor if you miss your period. See below. ...Read more

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What are advantages of using the combined contraceptive pill over emergency contraception?

What are advantages of using the combined contraceptive pill over emergency contraception?

Pros & Cons in Each: Difficult to ask this question within this limited answer space. Combined Contraceptive Pills have both the Oestrogen and Progesterone components, while the emergency contraception has Progesterone only. There are indications to use, to suite patient conditions, so using one type does not necessary means that it is safe to use the other one. Your doctor can decide what is the best option for you. ...Read more

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What happens if you take an emergency contraception pills (everytime you have sex afterwards)?

What happens if you take an emergency contraception pills (everytime you have sex afterwards)?

Expensive/Side effec: Plan b is not to be used as routine contraceptive. Please see your doctor to discuss which contraceptive would work best for you. Side effects from high doses of hormones ( headaches, heavy menses, fatigue) .Also remember to practice safe sex. Use condoms, as Plan B and other contraceptives do not protect against aids and other sexually transmitted diseases. Stay safe and take care. ...Read more

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Taken a similar dosage to emergency contraception, it's been about 10 days without withdrawal bleed. Should i be worried?

Taken a similar dosage to emergency contraception, it's been about 10 days without withdrawal bleed. Should i be worried?

No: Whether there is a withdrawal bleed from emergency contraception depends on where a woman is in her cycle when she takes it. Some women won't have a withdrawal bleed after taking it. Do a home urine pregnancy test 14 days after the sex using the first urine of the morning. If it's negative, you're not pregnant. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Emergency Contraception (Definition)

Emergency contraception is the method a woman can use to avoid getting pregnant, after she has received sperm in her vagina. She takes the hormone pills, which are usually larger doses of hormones used in oral birth control pills, within a short time (days) after her sexual activity, ...Read more


Dr. James Lin
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Birth Control (Definition)

Also known as contraception, birth control is a method to prevent pregnancy. Some methods of birth control include a vasectomy, tubal ligation, oral contraceptive pills, vaginal rings, hormone injections, condoms, diaphragms, sponges, ...Read more