Q. I took an ECP seven days ago. Can I take another ECP now?

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Dr. Sameer Kumar
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This is a premium question & answer published on Nov 22, 2017 and last reviewed on: Oct 07, 2022

Hello doctor,

I took ECP seven days ago, on the fifth day of my period. No side effects till now, but there has been withdrawal bleeding happening for the last three days. It has become light now. Accidentally, an unprotected penis with semen rubbed my vagina. It happened again 32 hours ago. Can I take a second ECP now? Would it pose any risk because of the current bleeding?



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As you are in the midst of your withdrawal bleeding, and the endometrial lining is being shed, there is no need to take a repeat ECP (emergency contraceptive pill) if you have accidentally had unprotected intercourse. There are no chances of pregnancy at all during bleeding or menses. Please do not take the repeat pill. It is not recommended. Just allow the withdrawal bleed to stop.


Thank you doctor,

I think the withdrawal bleeding stopped in the morning. I am on the 13th day of my cycle. I am really worried. I think I cannot afford even the minimal risk. If I do not take the pill, I think I cannot bear the pressure. Please tell me if there is no risk, so I can take it. I am unmarried. So, my family may disown me.



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Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or her and take the medicines only with their consent. Taking the pill can practically delay your next one or two cycles. Your withdrawal bleed shall be scanty as well. You may experience lower abdominal pain, nausea, and headache for a few days. You must keep yourself well hydrated to curb these symptoms.


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