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experiencing any side effects from the emergency pill

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my boyfriend and i didn't have sex. there was precum(clear fluid).i'm guessing it could be have been around my vagina and some of it went inside coz his finger was in my vaginal tract. he did not ejaculate or have sex 24 hours before this. i took an emergency contraceptive within 4 hours. my period is due today. last one was 27 april(30 day cycle). i'm not experiencing any side effects from the pill, is there any chance i could be pregnant?


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replied May 28th, 2012
Pregnancy Answer A35433
Hi,
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If you had been during your fertile days or closer to ovulation time at the time of your sexual contact, and if pre-cum or semen has come in contact with vagina, chances of pregnancy are possible (if pre-cum contained sperms in it). If you have taken the emergency contraceptive pill within 24-48 hours of the unprotected sexual intercourse, it should work in preventing pregnancy (provided you were not sexually active without protection after taking it). Usually women have withdrawal bleeding/spotting within 5-7 days of taking the ECP (which may not occur if it is taken close to period time). Since the emergency contraceptives contain high doses of hormones, these can disrupt the normal hormonal and period pattern causing period/bleeding abnormalities and appearance of new symptoms. Wait and watch for your next periods which can be delayed. Look out for development of any other new symptoms if pregnancy is suspected. Visit your doctor/gynecologist for further evaluation if periods do not start within 10 days or if you suspect chances of pregnancy, or if you develop any other new symptoms. 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 if you are not ready for pregnancy. Avoid repeat use of ECP.
Take care.


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