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crazysexycool
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Hi, when I was on Day 4 of my period (1/8/11), I ended up having unprotected sex with my ex. We stopped before he came, though, and I'm not saying the pull out method. I mean we stopped before he even got to that point. But I still felt scared, so the next day, I bought Plan B and took it. But on 1/14/11, we had unprotected sex again, but stopped before he ejaculated and before he even got to that point.

I know what I've done is incredibly stupid, and I'm going to the doctor next week to get on birth control and I'm buying condoms of my own to carry around. But, I've started bleeding today 1/15/11 and I'm scared: Is this the side effect of Plan B, or is it implantation bleeding? How much of a risk do I have of being pregnant? I've tried to look at the risk assessment, but the website won't let me look and won't let me log in. Please, please, please, help me, I'm freaking out here.

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Withdrawal (the "pull-out method") poses a pregnancy risk from anywhere between 5 and 25%. Since you say he pulled out well before ejaculation both times, the risk is probably on the smaller side. And the risk from the first time is decreased further still by you having taken Plan B.

If the bleeding you're experiencing today is more than just a little bit of light spotting, you can be sure that it's not implantation bleeding.

It's much, much more likely to be bleeding caused by the EC you took.

If you want to be absolutely sure, you'll have to wait a few more days and then take a pregnancy test. A pregnancy test will give you an accurate reading at 10-14 days after the risk.

One additional note: unprotected sex also poses STI risks, so if you and your partner haven't been tested recently, you'll want to make appointments to get tested.

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What exactly is light spotting? Is it just little spots of blood here and there? Is it really light?

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Spotting is a term for very light bleeding, which yes, sometimes is light enough it appears as just small, pink spots on undergarments.

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Hi, this will be my last question. Last night, I had sex again. We used a condom but then he took it off for about 30 seconds. He pulled out, though. And did not ejaculate inside of me-- I saw it myself. I am still worried though: Is it possible that some of it still got inside of me? My period should be coming towards the beginning of February, and I don't want to buy Plan B again, especially if it may mess with my cycle and it costs a lot. But do you think I should?

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Hey there,

Thing is, if you want a condom to actually protect you, you need to use it for the whole session. Otherwise, why bother?

Withdrawal alone is about 73-82% effective with typical use. So, it's up to you if you feel that isn't enough and you want to procure Plan B as back up. It's not really wise to go by cycle timing to assess your risk unless you're using a method like # Fertility Awareness (FAM) because it can vary so much, especially when you're in the first 5 years of your cycle.

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I only mentioned my cycle because I know one of the side effects of Plan B are changes in the menstrual cycle. I just didn't want Plan B to make it come later than it usually would, because I'd just freak out more. Does that make sense?

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Yes, I understand now what you meant.

Thing is though, does it make more sense to you to skip protecting yourself from potential pregnancy or to risk having your period being a little more messed up?

Which do you think, at this point, would mess up and complicate your life more?

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I understand what you're saying. Thank you.

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You're very welcome.

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Hi. I'm sorry for all of this, I'm just worried. I took Plan B after my last risk early Tuesday morning (12:41am). Since then, I've begun to experience bloating, gas, and somewhat frequent urination. Now, I usually experience these things before my period comes on, but is this what this is? Or could this be pregnancy symptoms? I'm waiting to take a pregnancy test again, I just want to know if you all think this is pregnancy symptoms or PMS symptoms....

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Honestly, the first sign you'd notice of pregnancy isn't that list - it's a missed period (or in the case of being on the pill and missed withdrawal bleed). If that's how you normally are before a period, most likely what you're facing.

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Also, since I took Plan B twice in the same month, what would that have done to my period?

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Plan B can really mess with your cycle, even more so if you take it twice in a relatively short period of time. How irregular it will be and for how long isn't really possible to say, but you should be prepared for some wonkiness for at least a couple of months.

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Thank you Karybu. I really wish I hadn't done this to myself. I'm just really worried and stressed. I just want to see my period so that I can know for sure that I am not pregnant. I just want everything to be okay.

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Okay, well, my period is late. But I have two negative pregnancy tests. I'm getting a blood pregnancy test soon to check. But I'm just wondering, with me having taken Plan B twice, with 22 days (3 weeks & 1 day) between both doses, how much of a chance is it that my missing period is because of Plan B instead of pregnancy? I just want to know your opinion of what you think this could be...with all of the info you know, do you think I'm pregnant?

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Since it's clear you're NOT pregnant, it's quite likely this is about Plan B or about something else, like being this stressed out.

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I don't want to be annoying, but aren't the urine pregnancy tests often inaccurate?

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Not when used correctly, not, not at all. They're very accurate (which is why clinics usually use urine tests, too). On the whole, they're usually estimated at around 97% accurate.

But if you don't feel comfortable with that, you could certainly go to any family planning or abortion clinic to get pregnancy test: they're usually free at either place.

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