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Plan B (Definition)

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I had unprotected sex on ovulation day with withdrawal. Took plan b after 12 hours. Will plan b still work?

Try Ulipristal/Ella: Unfortunately the primary mechanism of Plan B is the prevention of ovulation, but if the cat's already out of the bag, meaning you've already ovulated, then there might not be very much that Plan B can do. You may however call your doctor and ask for a script for Ulipristal or EllaOne which is more effective than Plan B and safe for the prevention of pregnancy at up to 120 hours. Good luck! ...Read more

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What would be the odds of a woman who had uterus ablation, tubal ligation getting pregnant when she/partner used perfect withdrawal and Plan B in 24hr?

What would be the odds of a woman who had uterus ablation, tubal ligation getting pregnant when she/partner used perfect withdrawal and Plan B in 24hr?

Very little chance: Tubal ligation by itself has a failure rate of 1in300 to 500. Ablation, while not a method of birth control destroys the lining where the pregnancy would implant. Unless your ablation/tubal ligation was done less than 6 weeks ago I would guess the chance is more like 1in500 or less. I tell my patients no unprotected sex until 6 weeks out from tubal ligation. ...Read more

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Experienced withdrawal bleeding after plan b. Exactly like a period in heaviness and length (2 wk early) when should I expect my next period?

Experienced withdrawal bleeding after plan b. Exactly like a period in heaviness and length (2 wk early) when should I expect my next period?

Plan B effect: Plan b is essentially taking a high dose of birth control to disrupt the hormonal patterns in your body to delay or present ovulation. An abnormal period afterwards is not surprising. A pregnancy test should be done 14 days after plan b. ...Read more

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Is withdrawal bleeding from Plan B shedding of uterine lining?

Yes: Shedding of uterine lining is what happens with your menses and in the case of plan b, assuming it worked, that would be the result as well. However, Plan B doesn't always work. Consider check a pregnancy test about 2 weeks after Plan B use. ...Read more

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Is "withdrawal" bleeding from Plan B counted as period? And could it make expected period late?

Is "withdrawal" bleeding from Plan B counted as period? And could it make expected period late?

Yes: It is counted as a period and will change the timing of your next period. It will not, however, necessarily be 28 days after the withdrawal bleeding. ...Read more

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I took Plan B. Period isn't due for 3 weeks. If I experience withdrawal bleed from Plan B does it reset my periods or should I still expect it on time?

I took Plan B. Period isn't due for 3 weeks. If I experience withdrawal bleed from Plan B does it reset my periods or should I still expect it on time?

Sometimes: Plan B can alter the menstrual bleeding for the cycle in which Plan B was taken, and sometimes the next cycle too. One should be sure to check a home pregnancy test about 3 weeks after sex, because Plan B works most of the time, but not all the time. ...Read more

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Does withdrawal bleeding after Plan B count as my period?

Does withdrawal bleeding after Plan B count as my period?

It can be hard to: Tell because emergency contraception symptoms can include spotting or bleeding, changes in menstrual flow or your period may be late or early. Notify your gyn if your period is 7 or > days late. ...Read more

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Does withdrawal bleeding from Plan B one step count as day one of your cycle to expect your next normal period?

Does withdrawal bleeding from Plan B one step count as day one of your cycle to expect your next normal period?

Not necessarily: It causes a lot of irregular bleeding so you may bleed again everyone is different You will just have to wait and see better to ise real birth control next time ...Read more

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Is "withdrawal" bleeding from Plan B counted as period? If I just ended LMP a week b4 that. And could it make expected period late?  

Is "withdrawal" bleeding from Plan B counted as period? If I just ended LMP a week b4 that. And could it make expected period late?  

Plan B: Any increase in estrogen and progesterone (Plan B is just hormonally active oral contraceptives) can cause minor bleeding when stopped. If you took "Plan B" seven days after your period ended (day 10-12 of your cycle?) remember Plan B is not "100%" protective, so if your period is "late", obtain a serum test (HCG) to be certain. ...Read more

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Is Plan B withdrawal bleeding good?

Not exactly sure: What you mean. However, bleeding after taking Plan B is neither good nor bad. It is a possible side effect of plan b. The way you know that it has worked is when you get your actual period. ...Read more

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How can I differentiate between period & withdrawal bleeding after taking plan b?

How can I differentiate between period & withdrawal bleeding after taking plan b?

Depends: Depending on your cycle, period bleeding would normally be 28 days after your last period Plan B could cause bleedin in some people within a few days. Usually a lighter flow with plan b, but also depends on how heavy your regular periods are. The best new is that you gat a period hopefully not being pregnant. ...Read more

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Feb18 messed around with guy. Thought precum got on me. 3hrs l8r took plan b. Withdrawal bleeding for about a week now gone. Pls tell me I'm not preg?

Feb18 messed around with guy. Thought precum got on me. 3hrs l8r took plan b. Withdrawal bleeding for about a week now gone. Pls tell me I'm not preg?

Doctors do not guess: I doubt you are pregnant since there was no sperm deep inside of the vagina. But, if your next period does not start then it will be time for a pregnancy test. No doctor ever 'guesses' when it comes to diagnosing pregnancy. ...Read more

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Hi, is it normal to have some light bleeding with clots a week after experiencing withdrawal bleeding cause by plan b? I took the plan b 2 days after my period

"Plan B": Plan B is probably not necessary only "2 days after" a period, but after "Plan B" if pregnancy did not occur, there is withdrawal bleeding from the estrogen in "Plan B", added to the spotting which is also possible with ovulation, and some light bleeding and small clots may occur. If you suspect pregnancy, get a serum HCG test to be certain. ...Read more

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If I have withdrawal bleeding from Plan B I'm not pregnant right?

If I have withdrawal bleeding from Plan B I'm not pregnant right?

Requires follow up: This may be correct but I would still obtain a pregnancy test within a few weeks to make sure. ...Read more

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Hello docs. I was wondering can withdrawal bleeding from Plan B cause ovulation to be delayed?

Hello docs. I was wondering can withdrawal bleeding from Plan B cause ovulation to be delayed?

Yes: The hormones may effect your period but if you had unprotected sex a late period might be a sign of pregnancy---check a pregnancy test and if negative wait two weeks-- if no period by then see your doctor. ...Read more

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So I had my withdrawal bleeding after taking plan b. Can I still be pregnant?

So I had my withdrawal bleeding after taking plan b. Can I still be pregnant?

Typical with Plan B: Plan b essentially disrupts the normal menstrual cycle by blocking or delaying ovulation. That it is how it works and why it is so different than a medical abortion. Irregular bleeding after taking Plan B is not rare. Always check a pregnancy test after using Plan B and see a doctor to start a better form of birth control. ...Read more

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I had unprotected sex this past fri/sat, used withdrawal method. Took the Plan B pill sat evening. Close to ovulation. Chances of pregnancy?

Contraception: The emergency contraception is Plan B when taken appropriately. Accordingly, it can still fail about 2% of the time. You should consider an oral contraceptive or iud to prevent unwanted pregnancy or the stress of worrying about the efficacy of plan b. ...Read more

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Would I need plan b if I missed two combination pills in a row, but doubled up after and had intercourse days later (used withdrawal)?

Maybe: More than likely you are protected from pregnancy. However, the efficacy of Birth Control Pills is reduced if doubling up for missed pills. Withdrawal for birth control is notoriously unreliable so if worried, taking plan B may be in your best interest. Realize that it may make your bleeding irregular. ...Read more

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I took Plan B a few minutes after sex. We used the withdrawal method. This happened on my 26th day of my cycle. What is my risk? I am also overweight.

Very low, however...: Even with Plan B there's still a very small chance. I suggest doing a home pregnancy test, and if that's negative and you're still concerned... Do another one 1 week later. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Plan b: how can I tell the difference between withdrawal bleeding and period?

Plan b: how can I tell the difference between withdrawal bleeding and period?

Isn't always clear: Cut. Potential Side effects w emergency contraception include menstrual flow changes (spotting, bleeding, early or late period). Take pregnancy test & notify Dr if your period is 7 or > days late. ...Read more

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Does Plan B really cause withdrawal bleeding or is this just another internet myth?

Does Plan B really cause withdrawal bleeding or is this just another internet myth?

Withdrawal Bleeding: Wow. Please define what you mean by 'withdrawal bleeding'. Are you thinking of taking Plan B while you are on birth control? Really? ...Read more

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I took plan b. How can I tell the difference between withdrawal bleeding and period bleeding?

I took plan b. How can I tell the difference between withdrawal bleeding and period bleeding?

It often isn't: Readily apparent if it is your period or breakthrough bleeding. Sometimes a HPT is the best way to figure out if you can't tell if it is your period to breakthrough bleeding. Take care. ...Read more

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I took Plan B 1day b4 period was due, I got period/withdrawal bleeding (idk which one the bleeding was) 1week later, next month I'm late. Meaning?

Plan b: Plan b does not cause early ovulation. In fact that's the way it works by blocking ovulation. Plan b can cause menstrual cycle disruption temporarily. That's likely what happened with you. Your cycles will return to normal shortly. If you had unprotected sex again after taking Plan B you should take a pregnancy test. ...Read more

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Unprotected sex with no withdrawal method April 13th - April 16th! My ovulation date is scheduled for April 17th, took plan b April 17th will it work?

Unprotected sex with no withdrawal method April 13th - April 16th! My ovulation date is scheduled for April 17th, took plan b April 17th will it work?

Plan b: If you take plan b within 72 hours of unprotected sex it will reduce the risk of pregnancy by 89 %, if you take it within 24 hours it is 95% effective. So maybe. I suggest if you get your period you need a better method of birth control. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does withdrawal bleeding & breakthrough bleeding count as a period after taking plan b?

Not necessarily: It can be hard to distinguish that from an early period. Emergency contraception symptoms can include spotting or bleeding, changes in menstrual flow or your period may be late or early. Notify your gyn if your period is 7 or > days late. ...Read more