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I'm still scared that the pill didn't work

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When I had sex, a month ago, the condom broke. I went immediately to buy a pill at walgreeens and took it 25 min later after sex. I got my period in the next 4 days and I now got it again but I'm still scared that the pill didn't work and I may be pregnant. Should I be worried? Is there any possible way I could be?

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replied August 26th, 2013
Birth Control Answer A44536
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If you had taken the ECP within 48 hours of your intercourse, and were not sexually active after taking the ECP, and if you experienced withdrawal bleeding within 5-7 days of taking the ECP, it would suggest that the pill has worked in preventing pregnancy. 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 withdrawal bleeding or next periods which can be delayed due to ECP use. To arrive at the next expected period date, count the usual menstrual cycle length starting with first day of the withdrawal bleed. Visit your doctor/gynecologist for further evaluation if periods are missed or abnormal, or if you suspect chances of pregnancy. If pregnancy gets ruled out and if you intend to remain sexually active, you should consider getting 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 not ready for pregnancy, and avoid repeat use of emergency contraception.
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