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glamxoxo
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I'm freaking out because I'm not having the usual withdrawal bleed 7 days after taking ECP. I've taken ECP twice in the past and I always get spotting exactly on day 7. Today I'm on day 9 and still no sign of it! I think I may have been ovulating the day I took ECP in the morning does it mean it didn't work?! Is this normal not to have withdrawal bleed??????
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Karybu
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EC works in more than one way, so even if you were ovulating when you took it, that doesn't necessarily mean it didn't work. Too, the way our bodies respond to medication can vary over time, so although you've had spotting after taking EC previously, that's no guarantee that you will this time.

That said, it's always a good idea to take a pregnancy test after taking EC, so if it's been long enough since your risk (14 days at least) you can test now and get an accurate result.

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Heather
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Spotting or bleeding after Plan B is just a side effect some people get, or some get sometimes. It's not an indication of the medication working (it also isn't a withdrawal bleed when it happens: that's something about use of ongoing birth control pills, not emergency contraceptives), and a lack of bleeding isn't an indication it isn't.

So, twice you had that, now you aren't: none of that has bearing on if the Plan B worked for you.

That said, sounds like you've been using it pretty frequently: do you want help finding a more effective (and certainly cheaper) method of contraception? Or help with condoms or insisting on partners using them?

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Since i took it on the possible day of ovulation do you think my body is just trying to get itself to ovulate again and that's why I didn't have the spotting or would that be totally impossible?
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Heather
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Ovulation is something that our bodies have to work up to, as it were, over weeks: not something a body can do or try and do instantly.

Again, the bleeding, when it happens, is a side effect. Not proof of anything, nor is a lack of bleeding.

By all means, Plan B is less effective when used during ovulation than when used after, but once more, whether it worked this time for you or not is something you'll just have to wait out, and not spotting isn't cause for concern.

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