Q. Will emergency contraceptive pills work when taken during withdrawal bleeding?

Answered by
Dr. Sree Gouri Sr
and medically reviewed by Dr.Nithila A
Published on Jun 15, 2019 and last reviewed on: Jun 17, 2019

Hello doctor,

1. I took ECP during withdrawal bleeding (as I stopped contraceptives). Will it work?

2. Will this affect my menstrual cycle as I have not got my periods in my due date. I am freaking out.

3. When should I go for pregnancy test to clear my doubt?

Dr. Sree Gouri Sr

Obstetrics And Gynaecology


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1. Usually the possibility of ovulation is less during withdrawal bleeding, so the need for emergency contraception is less. But as you took the pill already, if at all there is any possibility of pregnancy, it can help.

2. Because of high dose of hormone in it, it can affect your periods. Sometimes after taking emergency contraceptive pill, you may see withdrawal bleeding after 7 to 10 days.

3. For accurate result better to test three weeks after having unprotected intercourse.

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