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There is mild bleeding with cramps after taking I-pill. Is it withdrawal bleeding?

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Published At March 19, 2019
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

Me and my partner had unprotected sex, and she took I-pill within 72 hours (but after 24 hours), and now after 8 to 9 days of taking the pill, she is having mild cramps similar to period and also mild bleeding (just a few spots), but the discharge is brownish in color, and this is the third day with cramps, although the bleeding is very less. Is it side effect of the pill or is it implantation bleeding? And when can she expect her normal periods?


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have read your concern. Spotting or sometimes profuse bleeding accompanied by cramps are the most common side effects after taking the emergency pill. This is due to the high-level hormones (Progesterone) contained in the pill. However, this is difficult to differentiate from implantation bleeding. The only way you can identify it is by taking a pregnancy test since it has been more than eight days since your last contact and if you are pregnant then it would have turned out positive by now by using a simple home pregnancy test kit.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Donalyn S. Barcial
Dr. Donalyn S. Barcial

Obstetrics and Gynecology

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