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My last periods were on 31st December, so I am expecting next periods today. Last week I had sex on the 23rd January and condom broked; I took Postinor2 in the morning (after 8/9 hours from the intercurse). I know I should not be in "ovulating time" so this would means I should be safe, is this correct? But I am worried... no bleeding until now, nothing at all apart from some heartbeat. What should I do or think? Thanks for helping

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replied January 29th, 2014
Sexual Health - Women Answer A45846
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If you had taken ECP within 24-48 hours of your unprotected sexual contact it should have helped in preventing pregnancy (provided you were not sexually active after taking it). Wait and watch for withdrawal bleeding that usually occurs within 5-7 days of taking the ECP indicating that it has worked (which may not occur if taken close to periods). Since the ECP contains high dosages of hormones, it can disrupt your normal hormonal and period pattern causing bleeding abnormalities and delay in periods. Wait and watch for your periods which can be delayed. Look out for development of any other new symptoms if pregnancy is suspected. If pregnancy is suspected, or if you miss your periods, or if you have abnormal periods, consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist at the earliest 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 if not ready for pregnancy, and avoid repeat use of ECP. 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.
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