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Leahb
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Hi I took plan b during my third inactive pill. I got a period , which was longer than normal, but it did not go into my active pills. I also kept taking my pills as normal. My question is ate they will working even though I took plan b? Also since I took them during the inactive pills will it affect this months period to be later than normal or nonexistent?
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Heather
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Plan B doesn't interact with other birth control pills: in other words, it has no impact on its effectiveness, and most certainly will not make BCPs less effective.

Plan B, as one possible side effect, can create changes in menstrual cycles for one to a few cycles, depending. And sometimes it has no impact whatsoever. And whether or not changes to the menstrual cycle occur isn't something we can predict on any basis, including when it was taken.

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Plan B won't impact the effectiveness of your birth control pills, no. One of the common side effects of Plan B is to make periods (or withdrawal bleeds, for those on BC pills) irregular for a few months.

I'm curious - why did you take Plan B? Have you not been regular with your pill-taking schedule, or did you miss a few?

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Leahb
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I missed one and it made me paranoid. So even though by the time I'm supposed to get my period it will almost be a month since I took it I might not get my period?
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Heather
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Just for future reference, when you miss a BCP, you just want to make it up. Your birth control pills are more highly effective than Plan B (primarily because it's progestin-only, unless you use a POP pill, in which case they're equally effective), so making up a pill gets you covered, and better than NOT making up that pill and taking Plan B.

Again, we cannot possibly predict what, if any impact, using Plan B will have on your period. That simply isn't something we have the capacity to know.

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