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I’m 7 days late

By Anonymous August 28, 2018 - 8:58am
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my period ended 4th July , on the 13 July I had unprotected sex but my boyfriend pulled out then we had unprotected sex again on Sunday 15July. We went to buy a morning after pill that same day and I took it , I got my bleeding 5 days after taking the pill and since then it is August 28 and I’m 7 days late , a few days ago I had flu like symptoms and my nose is very congested, my nipples were sore for a while but now they feel fine , somedays it feels sensitive but not bad. I also had a cold fever and a hot fever a week ago but now I’m normal , I’m not stressed and I’ve got a healthy diet , I honestly don’t know if I’m pregnant, I haven’t done any tests yet I’m waiting a few more days just Incase my period comes but I’ve also been feeling a little emotional. Please help me

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Hello Anon

Thank you for writing.

Emergency contraceptives are up to 95% effective when taken as prescribed within the first 24 hours and up to 90% effective if taken within 72 hours, so the risk is very small. It works by preventing ovulation and stopping a pregnancy from starting. It is not an abortion pill. It prevents a pregnancy, it does not end one. Side effects can include stomach aches, headaches, dizziness, breast pain, nausea and a general feeling of being unwell. Some women can bleed a little or quite extensively after taking emergency contraception.
The more frequently they are taken, the more likely a woman is to have side effects and an irregular cycle. They should be taken only for emergencies, not used as a method of birth control.
Symptoms usually start 2-7 days after taking the medication and may or may not include bleeding or spotting. Not all women get symptoms. Some get many, or a few, or none. If a woman doesn’t get her next period within a week of it’s expected date, a pregnancy test may be necessary although the risk is very low. Periods can often be delayed or longer/shorter as a result of taking emergency contraception. We cannot predict this for our readers in terms of length of delays. Each woman is different. Periods should get back to normal by the second cycle after.

My advice is to take a test and get it over with. It's most likely to be negative, it would be accurate by now and will give you peace of mind.

August 28, 2018 - 9:04am
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