Medical Questions > Pregnancy Forum > Early Pregnancy Signs and Symptoms Forum

took a morning after pill are these Early Pregnancy Signs?

User Profile
Hi There
about 3 weeks ago I took the morning after pill and had a what I though was a 7 day period. Now over the past 4 days Ive had an extremley bad bloated tummy, keep going to the toilet to have number 2, and one minute Im constipated and the next Ive got the runns. Ive also experienced headaches and been quite emotional crying on the odd occasion. Some times I feel as though Ive got a knot in my stomach and will also have the occasional shooting pain but nothing compared to bad period cramps. except these pains seem to be right behind my belly button??? I have felt sick a little and also reluctant to eat as I feel terrible and painfully bloated afterwards. Are these early pregnancy signs? Also as I took the morning after pill Im unsure as to when my next period is due so I dont know when I should take a test?

Please help??


Did you find this post helpful?
|

User Profile
replied July 16th, 2012
Early Pregnancy Signs and Symptoms Answer A37127
Hi,
Welcome to ehealthforum,
If you have been sexually active after 12 hours of taking ECP, it might not protect you. If you have taken the emergency contraceptive within 48-72 hours of the unprotected sexual intercourse, it should work in preventing pregnancy (provided you were not sexually active without protection after taking it). Withdrawal bleeding usually occurs within 5-7 days of taking ECP indicating that it has worked (which could be the bleeding you experienced). Since the pills contain high doses of hormones, these can disrupt the normal hormonal and period pattern causing period/bleeding abnormalities and appearance of new symptoms (as suggested by your recent symptoms). However, the symptoms also suggest possibility of pregnancy (due to repeat intercourse after taking ECP or due to contraceptive failure). Wait and watch for your next 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). 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.
Take care.


|
Did you find this post helpful?
Must Read
What happens during labor? What do contractions feel like? And how do I know that labor has begun? Read on to learn about birthing basics....
Signs of labor occur after 36 weeks of pregnancy. Learn about the difference between real and false contractions. Plus, we outline signs of delivery complicati...
Almost all women worry about the pain of childbirth. Preparing for childbirth includes thinking about how you'd like to cope with the pain of labor. Read on for...
DISCLAIMER: "Ask a Doctor" questions are answered by certified physicians and other medical professionals. For more information about experts participating in the "Ask a Doctor" Network, please visit our medical experts page. You may also visit our Early Pregnancy Signs and Symptoms , for moderated patient to patient support and information.

The information provided on eHealth Forum is designed to improve, not replace, the relationship between a patient and his/her own physician. Personal consultation(s) with a qualified medical professional is the proper means for diagnosing any medical condition.