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Melli*
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I took Plan B in March (had two periods that month). Had side effects of that in April, along with my expected period on the 13th.

May passed and I had no menstrual. Now, on the 28th of June I began what I thought was my period - and I continue to bleed. It's become very annoying, and frightening as my period only last around 4 days. What's going on? Should I be worried? ~

It was my first time with any type of birth control pill. My body has never been introduced to synthetic hormones and I don't know how to control this.. I want the bleeding to stop.

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Robin Lee
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Hi Melli,

It's possible that your menstrual cycle is still thrown off because of the emergency contraception. The effects of that can take a few months to leave one's body.

There's nothing we can suggest to stop the bleeding.

If it alarms you, and particularly if you start to feel unwell from it (feeling fatigued, for example), your soundest option is to see a healthcare provider. if you opt to do that, do you have a healthcare provider you can see?

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Melli*
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I have a family doctor, but I don't think she'd be able to do anything.

I don't want to go on birth control because that won't solve the issue..

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Heather
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Not knowing what the issue is -- without a healthcare provider who can look into it and figure it out, or at least have somewhere to start -- I don't know why you'd assume you'd be put on birth control, nor do I understand why you think your doctor isn't the right person to get started here.

Has that doctor said in some way they do not do any reproductive healthcare?

So far, if all that seems to be going on is period-level flow for one week, I personally don't see a cause for concern. But if you do, or this goes on for another week (or more), than again, a healthcare provider is really the only next right step.

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Melli*
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Thank you, Heather.

My friend and I had a conversation about this. She thinks I could be pregnant, and I just shrugged it off. Her, being her odd self, listed pregnancy (implantation) symptoms..

- Mild cramps in the uterus, which I had on the 22nd of May. This happened 4 weeks+ after intercourse on April 19th.
- Pink/Brown spotting that turned light Red/Pink (I still wouldn't say it's a flow, as it comes and goes).

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Karybu
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It's always a good idea to take a pregnancy test after using emergency contraception, because just like other methods of birth control, it isn't 100% effective. But you've had a couple of periods since taking EC, which is a good indication that you aren't pregnant. Your friend's information isn't sound: implantation bleeding is not common, and what is most common with pregnancy is a total lack of bleeding. Cramps can happen for all sorts of reasons.

As Heather said, a healthcare provider is the best person to talk to about this if the bleeding continues.

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Melli*
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I didn't have my period for May, and most of June. Now all of a sudden, I've been bleeding for a week straight and it isn't a heavy/medium flow.

I really have no idea though. I don't know what seeing a Heath provider will do; they'll suggest birth control to set my cycle and I refuse to do that.

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Karybu
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I'm not sure why you're assuming that the only thing a healthcare provider will do is suggest birth control? Honestly, it sounds to me like your cycle is still a bit out of whack from the EC, and it's likely that all they'll suggest is waiting it out, but if they suspect something else they'll run tests to figure out what's going on, not just prescribe a medication with no idea of what the underlying cause is.

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