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anicake
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So I took Levonelle One step a little over a week ago now, and I've started having a really weird bleed, all clumpy and dark- like a period, complete with cramps. Is this unusual for this type of pill? I'm due my period in 2 weeks or so exactly so would this class as a period now or something else entirely? Slightly worried, never taken the pill before [Frown]
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Robin Lee
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Hi Anicake,

Many people who take emergency contraception experience changes to their menstrual cycle. These changes can include spotting between periods, periods that come earlier or later than usual, and periods that are skipped altogether. These changes can often last for 2 or 3 months.


Here is some more information about emergency contraception:

Emergency Contraception (Plan B or the Morning-After-Pill)

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anicake
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So this ''period'' lasted the same time my usual period would but I'm not sure if this would count as one or not? The bleeding was heavy at first and Red, it didnt seem like implantation bleeding. I've missed what would be my usual time to start?
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Do you mean you expected to start your period in the last day or two, but did not start it, though you DID, in this same week, have the bleeding you're describing above?

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anicake
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Yeah, sorry if it seems confusing!
I've been reading (I know I should t refer to doctor google really!) that the bleeding I had 7 days after taking levonelle could just be a withdrawal bleed from hormones?

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Given the timing, I'd have been surprised if you got your period as expected.

Plan B can bring on periods earlier than expected, later than expected, cause a user to skip a period entirely, or cause spotting or bleeding all on its own.

It's ultimately impossible to know what's what when and if it happens so close to an expected period like this, though.

Generally, mostly because Plan B is not 100% effective, we advise testing for pregnancy after using it if and when a period doesn't arrive when expected, or when you're not sure. If you don't want to do that, that's fine, but if why you're asking this is an "Am I pregnant or not?" ultimately, only a test can really give you that answer anyway.

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Thank you Heather!
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You got it! [Smile]

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Hi there again guys, sorry to keep posting like this!
So there's still no sign of my period, and in fact the last bleeding I did have was the Levonelle induced bleeding which lasted and felt like my period! I took a pregnancy test yesterday just for some peace of mind (21days after the sex) and its come up negative, how sure can I be that this is correct? I know my risk of pregnancy was pretty low- what with the condom and Levonelle but obviously me worrying isn't helping I guess.
I was also wondering that can a lack of discharge mean anything? Nothing is off colour or smells any different but there has been next to nothing- a dry spell to say the least.

Thank you for all your help and support, all amazing [Smile] X

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Hi There,

If you followed the instructions on the test package, you can expect that the result was accurate. [Smile]

A lack of discharge doesn't mean anything except a lack of discharge. Taking E.C. can shift your hormones, affecting your menstrual cycle. This includes affecting things like vaginal discharge as that's related to hormones.

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Thank you Robin,
Did another test, still a negative but still no period!
I have absolutely no clue what's going on, and I'm really not sure where else to turn to and get some answers - I've not told anyone about this incident and I don't think I can. Could just be a build up of stress but I have no idea.

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As Heather pointed out earlier, Plan B can mess with your menstrual cycle and cause late or missed periods. Unfortunately, how this affects someone is very individual, so we can't tell you when you'll get your next period. But we can tell you that having a late or missed period is a very common side-effect of Plan B, and so this is nothing to worry about.

Since you've taken a pregnancy test and had a negative result, I suggest you just try to relax and wait for your period.

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