I and my partner had protected sex, but she experienced spotting and backache after 13 days. Please help

Q. Is spotting a side effect of contraceptive pills, or a pregnancy symptom?

Answered by
Dr. Sanap Sneha Umrao
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on May 23, 2023 and last reviewed on: Jun 06, 2023

Hi doctor,

We had protected sex a few days ago, but due to our low confidence, we thought that maybe the ejaculation could be somehow done inside, and we got panicked, so without wasting time, in the morning took a contraceptive pill. And it has been almost 13 days now. Three days ago, she felt that her period might be started, so she used a pad; every time at night she went to change her pad, she saw that it was not like periods blood. It was completely different, just some spotting of blood in pads in brownish color. She also felt some backache. So we both got confused, as we had protected sex and then took a contraceptive pill. Within three days, that spotting of blood got slowly vanished. We checked with a pregnancy kit, and the report came negative. Now we do not understand whether it is contraceptive pill side effects or pregnancy symptoms. This situation occured after eight days, and she has to go out of state for some emergency. What should we do?




Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern.

It would have been better if I had known her last menstrual date. Sometimes some bleeding or spotting could occur during ovulation, usually around the 14th day of the menstrual cycle. There is also the possibility of withdrawal bleeding after taking hormonal tablets, which may cause some spotting. In your case, there is significantly less possibility of pregnancy, though not all the contraceptives are 100 % sure there is some failure rate of around 0.2 to 1 %. But if you had intercourse on your safe days, you cannot get pregnant. In the early days kit might show false results. Before going to any conclusion, I would suggest waiting until your due date.

I hope the information will help.

Thank you.

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