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Partner did not bleed after Unwanted 72 and periods is due. Please help.

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Dr. Sameer Kumar

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Published At February 12, 2018
Reviewed AtFebruary 12, 2024

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

My partner's periods date is 23. Last periods was on the 23rd two months ago. My partner and I were intimate on 10th last month. It was unprotected. So, she took an I-pill on the 12th. She bled on 22nd. Again we had sex on 9th this month. It was protected but the condom slipped. So, for protection, I gave her Unwanted-72 on the 10th. Till now, she did not bleed and her period date is also due. Please help.

Answered by Dr. Sameer Kumar

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Although you have rightly taken the emergency contraceptive pill both the time well within 72 hours after intimacy, so considering that she had her first bleed on time, it is likely that her next menses would anyhow be delayed by few days as a side effect known with I-pill. Now that you have taken an I-pill again, the bleeding should be expected by seven to 10 days ideally, but you can wait another week for withdrawal bleed to start naturally. If no bleed in next seven days then get a urine pregnancy test done to rule out pregnancy, possibly due to I-pill failure and if the test is negative then you can opt for a progesterone-induced withdrawal.

Please follow up with further clarifications and discussion.Regards.

Patient's Query

Thank you doctor,

Is there any chance of pregnancy as 9th was her safe days according to the period chart.

Answered by Dr. Sameer Kumar

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

She was on day-17 of her cycle on 10th, so well within her unsafe period. So, chances of pregnancy would have existed ideally if emergency contraception would not have been opted for after condom misadventure. But in your case, a wait of seven days can be safely opted and then decisions can be taken based on the arrival of her withdrawal bleed and urine pregnancy test results.

Regards.

Patient's Query

Thank you doctor,

My last question is she does not have any symptoms of pregnancy. But having back pain and cramps after using I-pill. Is it normal?

Answered by Dr. Sameer Kumar

Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

If she is having back pain and cramps already now, then these are PMS symptoms and she may have her withdrawal bleed in the next few days. So, in my opinion, she should wait for few more days and watch. In the meantime, she may use hot fomentation and NSAIDs to counter the pain and cramps. Also, ask her to drink plenty of water to reduce the progesterone effects of I-pill. If she gets her bleed then she can consider herself pregnancy safe.

Regards.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Sameer Kumar
Dr. Sameer Kumar

Obstetrics and Gynecology

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