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My girlfriend and I were having sexual intercourse, our condom broke but we didn't notice until after I had ejaculated. She took Next Choice emergency contraception within 12 hours. She started experiencing lower abdominal pain the next day. She said it feels like cramps but shes not due to have her period for another 2 weeks. It's been a day since she started experiencing the pain and it hasn't gone away. Is this a result of the Next Choice pill or is it something else. We are very nervous so please answer as soon as possible.

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replied April 1st, 2013
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Welcome to e health forum.

The cramps your girlfriend is experiencing can be due to urinary infection associated with sexual intercourse. Such infections are usually common in women.

Frequent or recent sexual activity is the most important risk factor for urinary tract infection in young women. And symptoms usually present within the first 24 hours of intercourse. But this is not a sexually transmitted infection.

Some measures which may be helpful to control her symptoms include -
1. Drinking fluids, as much as possible. At least 2 litres per day.
2. Regular emptying of bladder - 3 hr interval in the day, and before bedtime.
3. Complete emptying of the bladder at each micturition.
4. Double micturition before retiring for the night - empty the bladder, and again attempt to empty the bladder a second time 15 minutes later.
5. Empty the bladder before and after intercourse.

In mild symptoms following the above steps and Over the counter medications like Tylenol or Advil can help to control the symptoms.

If the symptoms are severe and include fever, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, etc then it is highly recommended that your partner consults a doctor and seeks appropriate treatment.

I hope this helps.

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