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tribalrose
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the condom split in the early hours yesterday morning - i then took e.c. the morning after pill at about 12ish.. i got told to wait 3 weeks n if i havent strted by then to take a test - if i smoke/drink during those 3 weeks will it affect the effects of the e.c.
& also what does the morning after pill do and how long does it take to work?

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ErinK
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No, smoking and drinking won't affect emergency contraception. You can read more about how it works at our article on Emergency Contraception.
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tribalrose
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thanks, well no i'm just wondering if theres a risk of me still being pregnant after taking ec - my period started at least 2 nearly 3 weeks earlier than it should have..
is this normal with the morning after pill?

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Heather
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Well, EC isn't 100% effective.

However, since you've already started having bleeding to the level of a period, it's very safe to presume the EC has worked and you are not pregnant, and yes, unexpected bleeding is common.

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tribalrose
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but weeks early..
surely it shouldnt be weeks early..
it might be a bit lighter too :/
& i have really bad lower back like on the left n in my lower tummy n like my shoulder hurts
- theres no chance of me having an ecloptopic (nt sure wht its called?)pregnancy is there? :S

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Heather
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It's normal to have vaginal bleeding, much like a period, after using EC, and since it's not technically your period, it's not a matter of "how early" it is, do you follow?

Ectopic pregnancies are rare, and tend to have no different symptoms than normal pregnancies. There's always a chance any woman may have one, but again, it's a rarity, especially among younger, healthy women.

If you are really concerned about having becomoe pregnant, through, the easiest way to bypass that would be to just take a pregnancy test now.

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