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Does this count as my "period" and am I safe?

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I had sex on the 10th of january, which was 4 days after my period finished. I took the morning after pill 'cause the base of his penis seemed moist but not sticky, so i thought it was better to be safe than sorry. I took the morning afterpill on the 11th of january. On the 12th of january, I noticed a light brown discharge after I wiped. It only lasted for 1-2 days. On the 16th I got my period, it's not too heavy, it's normal really. Does this count as my "period" and am I safe from being pregnant?

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replied January 18th, 2012
Birth Control Answer A30537
Hi,
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If you have taken the emergency contraceptive pills within 24-48 hours of unprotected intercourse, it should help in preventing pregnancy. The bleeding/spotting that you experienced could be the withdrawal bleeding that usually occurs within 5-7 days of taking emergency contraception. Since these pills contain high dosages of hormones, these affect your normal hormonal pattern and cause period abnormalities. Wait and watch for your periods. If pregnancy is suspected, look out for symptoms suggestive of early pregnancy and visit your doctor/gynecologist for thorough examination (to confirm pregnancy related changes/signs in body) and blood/serum HCG level test (to confirm/rule out pregnancy accurately).
If pregnancy gets ruled out, and if you are not ready for pregnancy, but intend to remain sexually active, you should 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. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. Drink plenty of water. Take adequate rest. Maintain healthy diet and lifestyle.
Take care.



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