I took I-pill and had unprotected sex. But now, I am having cramps and spotting but not having my periods. Why?

Q. What could be the reason for cramps and spotting after taking an I-pill?

Answered by
Dr. Kanani Darshan Jayantilal
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on May 12, 2023

Hello doctor,

I took an I-pill and got my period after 14 days. On the 19th day of my cycle, I had unprotected sex till the 28th day of my cycle. I am having cramps and spotting but not having my periods. Kindly suggest.



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It is possible that the cramps and spotting you are experiencing could be related to your menstrual cycle, but it is also possible that they could be side effects from the I-pill you took in the last month or related to the unprotected sex you had in this month. The I-pill is a form of emergency contraception that can cause irregular bleeding or spotting as a side effect. It is possible that the bleeding you experienced this month was a result of taking the I-pill, and that your current symptoms are also related to it. However, it is also possible that the unprotected sex you had this month could have led to a pregnancy, and the symptoms you are experiencing now could be early signs of pregnancy. Cramping and spotting can occur during early pregnancy as the fertilized egg implants in the uterus. It is important to take a pregnancy test to rule out the possibility of pregnancy if you are sexually active and experiencing unusual symptoms. Feel free to contact me for further queries. Please rate me if you found my answer helpful.

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