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she_who_questions
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My last period began on August 7th. I took EC beginning August 14th (because of condom breakage). After several days, I bled lightly between August 19-21. It is now September 10th and I still haven't gotten my regular period.

Does it seem normal for EC to cause one's cycle to become this out-of-whack? Should I be very worried about pregnancy at this point? I took a test last week, but it was negative. However, I did have protected sex several times after last month's incident. I'm beginning to panic.

What is going on?

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Cycle wonkiness is one of the most common side effects of EC. It's a big dose of hormones, so you can imagine how that could throw your body out of wack. It should get back to normal within a month or two.

As long as you tested at least 10-14 days after the risk, you should be able to rely on the results of your pregnancy test. If it would make you feel better, you can always test again to verify your results.

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Thanks for your help. I think I will test again. However, the Plan B packaging says that my period should arrive within a week of normal (so that's mainly why I was worried).
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Ideally, that's probably what would happen...but as you know, not everybody reacts the same way to things. Some women are really sensitive to hormonal shifts and may notice more variation. (For example, when I was on the pill...if I had even one late pill, it was not unusual for me to spot sometimes for the entire rest of the cycle or have my withdrawal bleed be off. Hormones just tend to throw my body all out of wack.)

Go ahead and take another test if you'd like.

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Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions. I just wanted to ask one more thing; it's pretty minor. I took another pregnancy test like you suggested and it was negative again. Because of this, I'm not overly worried anymore. However, if my period continues to be absent, how long should I wait before going to a doctor to verify those test results and to make sure nothing is wrong?
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When you know, or have a pretty good idea, you aren't pregnant, but just appear to be having some menstrual changes or missed periods, the usual rule of thumb is to give it a couple cycles before you need to see a healthcare provider.

Since you last menstruated on 8/7, I'd say that if by late October, you're still having issues, that'd be the time to make an appointment.

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