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Q. My period is delayed for 3 days, though I took i-pill after unprotected intercourse. Am I pregnant?

Answered by
Dr. Sravanthi Nuthalapati
and medically reviewed by Dr. Vinodhini. J
This is a premium question & answer published on Aug 13, 2020 and last reviewed on: Sep 03, 2020

Hello doctor,

My last period is on 3rd July. Immediately, the next day, I had unprotected sex but I took a pill the next day. Later after one week (i .e on 11th July), I experienced spotting. I am worried about whether I am pregnant. Now I am expecting my regular cycle but I am late for my periods by three days. Please help.

Dr. Sravanthi Nuthalapati

Obstetrics And Gynaecology


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Based on the details you provided, if you had your periods started on 3rd July, then effectively 4th July is usually a safe period. So chances of pregnancy are usually less for any intercourse during your menstrual cycle, but very rarely it can happen too. I would also like to tell you that the emergency contraceptive pills contain high dose of progesterone hormones, which can cause disturbances in the menstrual patters.

Some may have immediate withdrawal within few days and some may have delayed periods also. So if your cycles had been previously regular always, and you have a delay of three days from the expected time period, it would be imperative to check your urine pregnancy test once. If that is negative, then you can rest assured that you are not pregnant, and if there has been no other intercourse after 4th July, it is highly unlikely that you may turn positive at a later date. It will be a more objective test and relieve you of your stress.

As per your menses, if the pregnancy test is delayed, it may take a while because of the i-pill, so you can just wait for another one or two weeks, mostly you will be getting your periods by then.

I would also like to advise you to use a more consistent contraceptive method like condoms or regular contraceptive pills in the future, which are more reliable and do not cause disruption of your hormonal balance as repeated i-pill intake can take a toll on your menstrual pattern.

I hope this helps.

Investigations to be done:

Urine pregnancy test if negative rest assured. Wait for one or two weeks to get your periods.

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