Q. Although I took an I-pill the next day, can I still be pregnant?

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Dr. Reetika
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This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 07, 2022 and last reviewed on: Mar 15, 2022

Hello doctor,

I had intercourse with my partner two months back, and for safety reasons, I took I-Pill the next day. Usually, I have a 26 days cycle. I got my period regular last month.

I am one day late with my period this month, but I am experiencing light symptoms of getting my periods. Am I safe from pregnancy, or did the bleeding happen due to the I-Pill? I am worried. Kindly help.



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I understand your concern and will surely help you. The emergency contraceptive pills act at three different stages to prevent pregnancy. After taking the dose, it prevents the release of the egg from the ovaries. Subsequently, it prevents fertilization if the egg is released before dose, and lastly, it prevents implantation of the egg on the uterus. Thus if taken in time, it prevents pregnancy by three distinct actions.

Furthermore, you were already out of your fertile period when you had intercourse, so again there is no chance of pregnancy. Also, generally, the spotting due to the pill does not come just the next day of intercourse.

I would also want to know about the bleeding flow during your period last month; whether the flow was relatively lesser and for less duration than your usual period.

However, since it has been more than a month since the intercourse, you may get a urine pregnancy test to clear your anxiety.

Please do not worry.

Hello doctor,

I had heavy bleeding for six days from the day of my period.



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If it was heavy bleeding like your usual period or more, there is very rare or no possibility for pregnancy. But since you are stressed out and tense, this may further delay your period. So maybe you can do a simple urine pregnancy test with a reliable kit available in the chemist shops. Do the test with the first urine of the day and adhere to all guidelines written on the pregnancy test kit. The test with a negative outcome will be able to ease you out.

Hello doctor,

I got my period this month. It was delayed by three days. The problem is that the bleeding was only for two days. Is there any problem? What might be the reason for less bleeding compared to regular periods? I am worried. Please help.



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I hope that all your family members are safe from COVID and staying healthy. Not to worry, it is okay. The hormonal dose and the stress you have been all through these days have most probably led you to this situation of the period for only two days. It happens with most of the women. If you had been pregnant, you would have experienced certain signs like tender breasts, nausea, fatigue, etc.

Did you do the pregnancy test? I am sure that seeing a pregnancy test outcome will help you overcome this anxiety. You can do a urine pregnancy test with the first urine of the day tomorrow. Adhere to all guidelines, especially the timing written on the kit.

I again request you to come out of anxiety and stress and start living your normal life.

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