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Shahla
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Hi...

i had a valid pregnancy risk on the 6th day of my last cycle, (16th nov.) and i took EC. my period should have started on 11th of this month but didn't.

i took two home pregnanncy tests two days apart (day before yesterday & today) , coz i had read that the amount of hCG doubles every48 hours in early pregnancy and anyway enough time had elapsed since the risk for it to reach levels detectable by any of the tests i guess

both came back negative.

but my period is still MIA since 12 days...

both the tests were of the same brand and the same manufactured lot...do u think i should repeat it with another brand or something ?
or go for a blood test for beta-hCG?

the only thing i don't get is, even with taking EC once before, my periods weren't screwed up, then why this time? does it make sense?

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Heather
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I think we can safely assume you did not become pregnant, and your period is likely MIA because your cycle was impacted by the EC.

How EC impacts the body isn't always the same every time, so not having this happen before but having it happen now....well, can absolutely happen. And that can also be more likely when we're talking about EC being taken at different times of the cycle, where it does often tend to have different impact.

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Shahla
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Yeah...that's right..
but the more days pass the more i get myself freaked out....can't afford a possible pregnancy in ANY way at all....

you don't think i need to repeat test with a different brand or go for a blood test, do you?

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Heather
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I really don't, know.

I think your best bet right now is to try and calm down -- and I understand that's very hard, and get why you're cared -- and just wait this out. I think that it might also help to make some plans moving forward about your sex life and contraception where you can know you aren't going to be dealing with this level of risk again.

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Shahla
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Umm...i'm sorry i may have been reading this wrong but re: first line of your your reply above

"I really don't know" or "I really don't, no" ?

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Heather
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Sorry, my fingers have not been doing their job well this morning.

I mean I really don't, no. I don't think you need to test again.

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Shahla
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Thank you so much Heather...your opinion and support really matters a lot to me. Thanks [Smile]
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Heather
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Of course.

Did you want to talk today about plans for moving forward, or save that for another time?

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Shahla
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Yes, yes I do. On my previous thread i talked a little with Stephanie and Kat about it.

It was basically this, that me and my boyfriend get to meet privately on an average of about once a month, and even then we mostly refrain from actual intercourse re : the society outlook abt premarital sex and all...and the unaffordable risks of that for us...but usually, we do engage in oral / manual sex...so since it's only about once a month, should i start on birth control pills and back it up with condoms or for such infrequent occurrences, condom + EC is okay enough? what would you suggest?

i am kinda reluctant towards regular BC coz of the long term side effects and the fact that i'll have to sneak and hide to take it, wouldn't want my mother or roomie or random friends to find out coz in the community where i live, a "good / cultured girl" isn't supposed to be sexually active before marriage...stuff like that.

what do u suggest?

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Heather
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EC is really something you want to save for emergencies, especially since it's not one of the most effective methods. As you've experienced, too, it can throw things out of whack and give someone already panicking more to worry about, which obviously isn't so great.

Also there really aren't "long-term effects" of birth control pills, but we can certainly talk more about that if you want to.

I hear you saying that, ideally, you'd want a very reliable method -- since you're clear pregnancy is absolutely not something you want -- to use with condoms that could be hidden. Does that sound right?

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Shahla
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Yeah...that's right...what could be the options?
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Kachina
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There are quite a few methods that are very effective and can be easily hidden from anyone knowing you are using it.

These methods are all inserted or taken at the doctor's office, so there is nothing for you to have at your dorm that anyone could stumble onto:
Depo-Provera (The Shot) - You get this birth control shot every 3 months at your doctor's office.
Intrauterine Devices (IUD, IUC or IUS) - this is inserted into the uterus and remains there until it's removed
the Contraceptive Implant (Implanon) - this is an implant that goes into your arm.

These methods are changed weekly or monthly, so you may be able to hide them better than the daily pill, but there is still something you would need to keep in a private spot:
the Contraceptive Patch
the Vaginal Ring (Nuvaring)

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