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Will I get irregular periods after using emergency hormonal contraception?

Will I get irregular periods after using emergency hormonal contraception?

Possibly: 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. ...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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If i took emergency contraception a day before my period was expected, when can I expect to get my period? I heard ec can delay it.

If i took emergency contraception a day before my period was expected, when can I expect to get my period? I heard ec can delay it.

Early or delayed: Emergency contraception can cause the next period to come sooner or later, but after that, cycles should go back to normal. Be sure to use regular birth control if you are sexually active. There are many options. It's good that you knew about emergency birth control, but regular birth control is more effective. ...Read more

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Yesterday I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend. today I got my period. what is the chance I could be pregnant?should I get emergency contraception?

Yesterday I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend. today I got my period. what is the chance I could be pregnant?should I get emergency contraception?

It happens: Conception has been documented on any day of a woman's cycle including during menses. It is less likely than other days mid cycle, but can occur. ...Read more

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Should i still drink emergency contraception if i had sexual intercourse 30 days after my last period? Will i still get pregnant?

Should i still drink emergency contraception if i had sexual intercourse 30 days after my last period? Will i still get pregnant?

There isn't enough: Info to give a precise response (for instance, don't have any idea how long your menstrual cycle is). But, if one isn't ready for pregnancy then protection should be used for all vaginal sex. ...Read more

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Can exercise and a healthy diet fix hormonal problems like irregular periods (not caused by pcos or similar) without needing birth control pills?

Can exercise and a healthy diet fix hormonal problems like irregular periods (not caused by pcos or similar) without needing birth control pills?

A healthy life: Style never hurts, but it is unlikely to help a medical problem causing irregular periods, except when due to obesity, Insulin resistance, pcps etc. Talk w/your doctor about diagnosis and potential treatment. ...Read more

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I bleed 5 to 7 days after using emergency contraception is this a period& if I have unprotected sex 7 days after just before the bleeding am I safe?

I bleed 5 to 7 days after using emergency contraception is this a period& if I have unprotected sex 7 days after just before the bleeding am I safe?

Emerg Contraception: Emergency contraception causes temporary menstrual cycle disruption so some abnormal bleeding is pretty common. If you have unprotected sex again then you will need to take emergency contraception again. It would be best to use condoms or avoid intercourse until you can start effective long term birth control. ...Read more

Emergency Hormonal 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. 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