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twinkerbelle
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I have a 30 day cycle. My period began on July 15th, I had intercourse around the 24th, and took Plan B on the 27th. It took me a long time to take it because I wasn't sure that I needed it; we used a condom, and he ejaculated outside of me - I was worried that some semen may have gotten on my vaginal area.

A week after taking Plan B, I began to bleed. This was on the 3rd of August. The bleeding lasted four or five days, and was as heavy as a regular period. However, I've read that this bleeding is caused by withdrawal from Plan B, and is not the same thing as a period.

My period should have come on August 15th, 30 days after the last one. I still have not gotten it. Judging by my discharge, I believe that I may have ovulated around August 17th, almost exactly 2 weeks after the bleeding from Plan B began.

So, I'm wondering...
1. Should I worry that my period is late? or
2. Should I count the bleeding after Plan B as a period, and assume that my next period will come around the 3rd of September?

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Molias
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One of the more common side effects of Plan B is a disruption to your regular menstrual cycle, or more common spotting, for a few months. This is one of the reasons we recommend that folks who take Plan B after a pregnancy scare follow that up with a pregnancy test; you can't rely on a period to come at its expected time, and a late/missed period after Plan B isn't an indication of pregnancy.

So, while we can't tell you if what you experienced was your period or not, you can just assume that your cycle may be a bit off for a few months, and I'd go ahead and take a pregnancy test when appropriate, so that you can ease your mind there.

I'll leave you with a few helpful links:
Emergency Contraception (Plan B or the Morning-After-Pill)
Peeing on a Stick: All About Pregnancy Tests

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twinkerbelle
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Hi! Thank you for such a quick response!

I am glad to say that yesterday, exactly 28 days after the bleeding from Plan B started, I got my period. I guess it really can reset your cycle.

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