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Possible pregnancy after taking EC?

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I had unprotected sex with my girlfriend on the 22nd of Nov. She had the morning after pill within 12 hours. Since the past two days she has stomach pain which lasts only for sometime and its not continuous. She also has slight breathlessness which doesn't last long. Her period is due tomorrow. Are these symptoms of her coming period or because of the pill? or pregnancy symptoms? She'll take a test the day after. We're really worried! Sad Also, we had unprotected sex 6 times. Will that affect the effectiveness of the pill?
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replied November 29th, 2011
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If she had taken emergency contraceptive pill within 24-48 hours of the unprotected intercourse, she should be able to prevent pregnancy (provided you were not sexually active after taking it). Withdrawal bleeding usually occurs within 5-7 days of taking the emergency contraceptive indicating that the pill has worked, which might not occur if the pills were taken close to period time. Wait and watch for her next periods which might be delayed as the high dosage of the ECP can disrupt the normal hormonal pattern. Look out for development of any new symptoms if pregnancy is suspected. She should visit her doctor/gynecologist for further evaluation and assistance if she misses her periods or if she develops any other new symptoms. If pregnancy gets ruled out, and if you are not ready for pregnancy, but intend to remain sexually active, she should consider visiting her gynecologist to get started on suitable regular birth control measures to be protected (after her periods). She should be regular with birth control use as instructed. Avoid having unprotected sexual contact and avoid repeat use of emergency contraception as it can harm her health.
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