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took an EC. have heavy vaginal bleeding for days!

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I had unprotected sex on the last day of my period in April. I took an EC within 72 hours just to be sure. I have had heavy vaginal bleeding 2 days after taking the pill for 3 days now. I will visit a doctor this evening since it's making me very uncomfortable. Is there any chance that I'm pregnant?

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replied April 18th, 2012
Birth Control Answer A34016
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You are closer to your fertile days after few days of finishing with your periods (if fertile mucus has been present, then sperms can stay alive for 3-5 days). You should be able to prevent pregnancy, if you have taken emergency contraceptive within 24-48 hours of unprotected intercourse (provided you were not sexually active after taking it). Withdrawal bleeding occurs within 5-7 days of taking the pill indicating that it has worked (which could be the cause for the bleeding that you experienced). Since these pills contain high dosages of hormones, these affect the hormonal and period pattern causing delay in next periods and also give you new symptoms (like nausea, headache, abdominal cramps etc). Wait and watch for your periods which could be delayed due to the emergency contraceptive use. Visit your doctor/gynecologist for further evaluation if periods do not start within 10 days or if you suspect chances of pregnancy, or if you develop any other new symptoms. 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 you are not ready for pregnancy. Avoid repeat use of ECP.
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