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emilym3
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hi I don't really know where to write this but I could use help anywhere! I'm honestly just so confused and pretty angry. here's the first thing... I didn't have sex, at all! I guess there was some humping and we were both naked but it wasn't near my vagina... and I was like cycle day 6 so I couldn't have been ovulating. he ejaculated on my stomach but I'm pretty sure it didn't go anywhere near my opening!! and sperm don't just fly... anyways my friend freaked me out just trying to mess with me saying how I was probably pregnant.. so I went and got plan b within 36 hours of the act. anyways a week later I had bleeding... it wasn't exactly heavy but sometimes my period is light! but I heard this is withdrawl bleeding and I could still be pregnant. so I was expecting toget my period at the regular time.. but I'm now almost two weeks late! since then my breasts have been sore and they look more veiny but honestly this could be in my head as I am a hypochondriac.. basically my question is.. could that bleeding a week after the pill have reset my cycle? also I took 2 preg tests and both were negative... they should be positive by now, correct? if I'm pregnant this would make me the most unlucky human ever. help please!
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Hey there, emily.

Did you see Onionpie's answer to this question you asked here yet: http://www.scarleteen.com/forum/ultimatebb.php?/ubb/get_topic/f/10/t/002530/p/1.html#000033

If so, what questions are you left with?

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could that bleeding a week after plan b have been my period?
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Absolutely. And if it was a lot like your periods -- as in, it happened around the time you expected one, or it was several days of flow, if it came with things like cramps, etc. -- then that's probably exactly what it was.

It sounds like you might have the idea that there is withdrawal bleeding that happens from Plan B like it does for those on ongoing birth control pills, but they're really quite different, since you only take one or two Plan B pills: there aren't three weeks of hormones and then a week off from them for there to be a withdrawal bleed that occurs from those pills.

Sometimes, Plan B can cause some spotting, but flow that's a lot like a period that happens after Plan B is basically going to be happening because it IS a period. Make sense?

Regardless, though, you have taken pregnancy tests with negative results, so even if you hadn't had that flow, you could know you are clearly not pregnant.

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could that bleeding a week after plan b have been my period? and why are my breasts sore 5 weeks after ?
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I've already addressed that first question with you.

Breast tenderness can happen for a whole host of reasons. Most typically, it's due to normal hormonal shifts -- of people who have breasts, including, people with breasts who are not pregnant. But are you saying you have had profound breast tenderness or soreness for five weeks straight?

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sorry I didn't mean to ask the same question twice, just the part about sore breasts
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no it's been about one and a half weeks and it's not horrible breast pain just a little uncomfortable... also are pregnancy test pretty reliable?
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Hopefully, you read the box and instructions of your tests. If you did, one thing you would have seen straightaway is the effectiveness rate of that HPT. All HPTs, when taken properly are over 99% effective, and will list that rate on their packaging and consumer information.

This kind of breast tenderness, have you never experienced it before? If not, then what it may be is either a) a normal hormonal shift your body is going through, as it will during some times of life, or b) a reaction to the Plan B, as breast tenderness is one of several possible side effects.

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ok I was just unsure of what this rate involved... I just thought sometimes there's false negatives or something
no I only get this pain during my period so I'm hoping it's just the plan b causing all of this

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Well, 99% isn't 100%, and there's also the matter of those who don't follow the directions on a test.

But if you followed all the directions, including taking the tests when advised to take them, with two negatives, you can rest assured you are not pregnant, and will need to accept that you're not pregnant.

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ok thanks for your help [Smile]
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Sure thing. [Smile]

Sounds like it also might serve you to talk with your boyfriend about this:maybe you don't feel so comfortable with him ejaculating on your body?

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yes I have talked to him about that!
I started bleeding a bit today but it's not very heavy, I'm assuming this would be the start of my period?

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it's almost like spotting.. I'm confused cuz apparently spotting means pregnancy?
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Spotting is not at all a reliable indicator of pregnancy. You've also had two tests come back negative, correct?
Heather and Onionpie have both mentioned that spotting is a common side effect of Plan B, plus it can make your menstrual cycle irregular for a few cycles. So any irregularities in bleeding that you're noticing are most likely due to the Plan B.

If you haven't read this article yet, I think now's a good time: Chicken Soup for the Pregnancy Symptom Freakout's Soul

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yes both have came back negative!
spotting can happen before a period too correct?

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Spotting can happen any time during one's cycle. Also, some people do find that their periods start off light, with bleeding that looks and feels more like spotting than the start of a period.

When you talked to your boyfriend, what did he say? What was the result of that conversation? That is, what did you two decide?

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alright yes it's more like a period now!
haha oh he apologized a lot and it was an accident! he's very respectful so it's all good

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Glad to hear that--all of it! [Smile]

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also about my period... yesterday it was extremely heavy and like a normal period but today it looks like it might stop because it's so light... still a chance I'm pregnant cuz I heard you can't still have bleeding and be pregnant ?
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Sometimes the flow can vary throughout a period, get a little lighter and then pick up again. A period slowing down a bit after a couple of days is not a sign of anything. Also, you did take Plan B, which can make periods look a little different from what you are used to.

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if you were pregnant there would be no heavy bleeding right?
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If you were pregnant, you would not be having a period.

And as Heather and others discussed with you above, you did also take Plan B, and have had negative pregnancy test results in the meantime.

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