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S M
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Hello,

I'm a new registered user but ever since I became sexually active 4 1/2 years ago I've looked to your website for advice and sound information.

I have a question regarding Plan B and missing birth control pills.

I have been using Alesse 21 for over 4 years, and in that time I have been essentially a perfect user apart from the occasional 2 or 3 hr late pill. However, earlier this week, I forgot to take my last pill in my pack (set to be taken Mondays at 6 PM), and ended up taking it on Tuesday at 12:30 PM once I realised my mistake.

Since I had had condom-less sex on Sunday morning, I decided to take Plan B because I found no concrete information anywhere (not even from my pharmacist) regarding the "pregnancy danger level" of taking my last pill late.

Anyway, I took plan B (2 pills at the same time) at 6 PM on Tuesday once I arrived home from work, and, as per my pharmacist's instructions and the instructions on the pill packet, have started a new pack of Alesse.

Now, where I need clarification is regarding *when*, exactly, I'm supposed to be expecting my period. In the information I received from the Plan B package, they said you would get your period at your normal, expected time. However, that would be this week -- usually Friday -- since it's my normal "off" week, yet that's presumably been altered by the fact that I have renewed taking Alesse starting Wednesday evening.

Do I expect my period/withdrawal bleed at the end of my new pill pack, or should I be expecting it this weekend like usual?

Thanks so much! Sorry for the long-winded post. I just really could not get a straight answer on this one from my pharmacist or the internet resources I looked at.

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Karybu
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Unfortunately, with skipping your pill-free week and taking Plan B, there's really no telling when you get your period. For some people, it has no real effect on their cycle, but for others, it can make periods late or early. Be prepared to have some bleeding when you might not expect it, but beyond that, you can't predict what's going to happen.

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S M
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Thanks, Karybu. It seemed quite "up in the air" as the flood of hormones from the Plan B combined with my Alesse undoubtedly will screw things up a bit... Guess the only way to know if it all worked for sure is wait, and maybe take a test in a week or so.
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Karybu
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Waiting, as much as it sucks, is really all you can do at this point. Testing when you can (at least 2 weeks after the risk) is also a good idea.

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