Emergency Contraceptive Pill

As the name suggests, the tablets that are used to prevent unwanted pregnancy after unprotected intercourse is called emergency contraceptive pills (ECP). They can be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex. Generally, ECP contains Levonorgestrel or Ulipristal acetate.

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I had protected sex and took an emergency pill after six days. Is the bleeding now due to implantation?

Query: Hello doctor,I had sex seven days ago, but we used condoms, and he pulled out before ejaculation. Still, I took an emergency contraceptive pill to be safe after six days. I currently have vaginal bleeding and am using a pad. Am I pregnant? Is it implantation bleeding? Kindly help.  Read Full »


Dr. Richa Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. As you had a pill on time, there is almost no chance of pregnancy in your case. However, you must take another pill to prevent pregnancy if you had intercourse after the pill. This bleeding could be due to a hormonal ...  Read Full »

The condom leaked before penetration. Should she take an I-pill?

Query: Hello doctor,My partner and I tried to have sex for the first time. We are both virgins. I had put on a condom, but I ejaculated before penetrating her, and the condom leaked. A few drops fell on her vagina from the outside. Will there be any problem? Should she take an I-pill?  Read Full »


Dr. Meeta Airen

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. If you do not want to take any chances, then she should take an I-pill (emergency contraceptive pill) within 72 hours of unprotected intercourse.   Read Full »

I took an emergency contraceptive pill after unprotected sex, and now I have light to medium spotting for a few days. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, During my last period, blood flow lasted for about five days, and I had sex on the fifth the day of my menstrual cycle. But I took a precautionary pill the next morning. However, I again had unprotected sex after nine days (no ejaculation). I saw a very light spotting the next morning...  Read Full »


Dr. Natasha Bansal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query and understand your concern. According to what you have described, it seems like the irregular spotting is due to the intake of the emergency contraceptive pill. Unfortunately, these pills have side effects and cause irregular bleeding, spotting...  Read Full »

Can spotting after 10 days of taking emergency contraceptive mean pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, I had unprotected sex on the last day of my period. Three days later I took unwanted 72. 10 days after taking the emergency contraceptive I experienced spotting accompanied with mild stomach pain and sore breast. Could I be pregnant?  Read Full »


Dr. Usha Mohan

Answer: Hi, welcome to icliniq.com. If you have had sex on the last day of your period, your chances of getting pregnant are slim. When you say you took unwanted 72 after three days, did you take it within 72 hours of having sex? If you have then it is unlikely you are pregnant. The spotting you had after...  Read Full »

Why do I have delayed periods every time after a protected intercourse?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 23 years old. I had sexual intercourse with my partner a few months back, and my last menstrual cycle was two weeks before that. I was on oral contraceptive pills and took the pill on the day of the intercourse as well. However, every time after intercourse, my periods get delaye...  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Did you take an emergency or a normal contraceptive pill after intercourse? The urine pregnancy test comes negative till you miss your periods. However, a beta-hCG blood test can detect pregnancy early. Pregnancy is confirmed if the beta-h...  Read Full »

I am bleeding after sex. Please tell me why.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 24-year-old working girl. Yesterday, I had sex with my partner for the second time after four months. It was my eighth day of periods, that is, one day after my periods gets over. We used a condom for protection. It was a little rough sex as I found that I am bleeding after sexa...  Read Full »


Dr. Zaharuddln Rahmat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The first possibility is that you are pregnant. The risk of pregnancy after using a male condom varies from two to 15 %. As this act was less than 48 hours ago, you may need emergency contraception, either emergency pills or the insertion of IUCD (intrauterine contr...  Read Full »

I took a contraceptive pill after sexual intercourse and got withdrawal bleeding, but now, my period is delayed by two weeks. Why so?

Query: Hello doctor,I had sexual intercourse two months before and took a contraceptive pill two to three hours after the intercourse. I experienced bleeding a week after the intercourse continuously for three days. My menstrual cycle usually starts in the mid of every month. But it has been two weeks sinc...  Read Full »


Dr. Neha Singh Rathod

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. Since you have taken the emergency pill within 72 hours of intercourse, there are no chances of pregnancy. You can expect a bit early or delayed periods because of the hormonal changes due to the pill you have taken...  Read Full »

After having unprotected sex and taking a morning-after pill immediately after, am I safe from pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, I had unprotected sex today and took the morning-after pill within 1 hour of the intercourse. My periods came 15 days back. Am I safe from pregnancy, and will I have normal periods this month? Am I in my ovulation period, and will it be affected anyway after having an emergency contrac...  Read Full »


Dr. Varunbabu Aucha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Since you had unprotected sex, you are at a high risk of being pregnant, but you had taken the emergency contraceptive pill within 72 hours of unprotected sex, so it will prevent pregnancy. Your periods could be delayed.   Read Full »

What could be the reason for bleeding on the 12th day after taking the contraceptive pill?

Query: Hello doctor, A 25 year old girl with a known complaint of PCOD since a month had unprotected intercourse on the 18th of last month. It was her 14th day of menses. She took Unwanted-72 within one hour of the act. She had bleeding on the 30th. The bleeding lasted for three days. Now, the question is,...  Read Full »


Dr. Deepika Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. This is her normal period if she had proper bleeding. But, if the bleeding was slight, then ask her to do a pregnancy test. She should have her next period around the end of this month. But, since shed has PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), there can be a delay in he...  Read Full »

Can my wife be pregnant as we had sex on the seventh day after her period?

Query: Hello doctor, I had sex with my wife on the seventh day after her menses cycle. Can she become pregnant? Kindly advise.  Read Full »


Dr. Balakrishnan. R

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. There is no chance of her getting pregnant. Usually, a lady has an ovulation around the 12th to the 16th day of her periods with the first day of bleeding being the day one of her periods. Life of the egg is 24 hours only and that of the sperm is 72 hours. So, defini...  Read Full »

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