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are these emergency contraception side-effects or pregnancy?

My last period started on the 17th of September and ended on the 22nd. Last Tuesday (4th October), I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend and took Postinor-2 as prescribed. Today, we didn't have unprotected sex but he ejaculated on me and wiped off with his hand. He then used his hand to manually stimulate me. Reading about the risks made me worry and I took another dose of Postinor-2. The second dose is due at 5:30am tomorrow.

I have been feeling bloated, with headaches and mild nausea since taking the latest dose. I have also been having mild abdominal cramps on and off throughout the day since last week. My period has not come yet, it's due next week. There is some watery discharge as well.

Are these normal side-effects or could I be pregnant? Should I get a home pregnancy test to be sure? This isn't my first time taking Postinor-2 but the symptoms are somewhat different than the last time. The last time, my period came within three days of taking the second dose.
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replied October 12th, 2011
Hi,
Welcome to ehealthforum,
The symptoms that you describe could be attributed to the high hormonal dosage of the emergency contraceptive pills that you have taken. Your timing of the unprotected intercourse is during your fertile days. If you have taken ECP within 24-48 hours of unprotected sexual contact, you should remain protected. Withdrawal bleeding usually occurs within 5-7 days of taking the ECP (which might not occur in your case as you have taken repeat dosage of ECP). Take the next pill as instructed. Wait for your periods/withdrawal bleeding (which might be delayed due to the use of ECP). Visit your doctor/gynecologist for further evaluation and assistance. If pregnancy gets ruled out, and if you intend to remain sexually active, consider visiting your gynecologist to get started on suitable regular birth control measures to be protected (after your periods). Be regular with birth control use as instructed. Avoid having unprotected sexual contact and repeated use of ECP.
Take care.



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