Withdrawal Bleeding

Withdrawal bleeding is the monthly bleeding women on regular birth control pills experience during the pill-free period (or placebo week). Withdrawal bleed is not exactly the same as a menstrual bleed. It is caused by a slight change in hormonal levels and is much lighter than periods and also lasts fewer days.

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Can I get pregnant even after taking an I-pill within one hour after intercourse?

Query: Hi doctor, I had unprotected sex ten days back, and I took I-pill within one hour after intercourse to avoid pregnancy. My last period was 15 days before the intercourse. Six days after the intercourse, I got light bleeding, which is dark brownish, but today it has slightly increased with red blood...  Read Full »


Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Emergency contraceptive pills are hormonal contraceptive pills that interfere with regular periods by inhibiting ovulation and can irregulate periods or can give withdrawal bleed within two weeks of the period. This bleeding is in response to I-pill (Levonorgestrel) that ...  Read Full »

I have been taking Primolut irregularly and my period is delayed. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 28 years. I had my period on the 24th of last month and I had unprotected sex on 2nd of the next month. I took Primolut on the same day and I had been bleeding again on 5th to 7th. It was not like usual bleeding. After that bleeding, I sometimes take Primolut on my own, like, when I t...  Read Full »


Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It would be better if you would send me a detailed history. Primolute N is actually used for delaying periods. It leads to withdrawal bleed but you have taken it as an emergency contraceptive pill actually. You got a withdrawal bleed as well although medicine was not ta...  Read Full »

After taking Unwanted 72, I have not got withdrawal bleeding. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, I had unprotected sex last week, and within three hours, I took Unwanted 72. It was the 11th day of my period. I usually have a 28 to 30 days cycle. Even after five days, I do not have a sign of withdrawal bleeding. What should I have to do if I do not get withdrawal bleeding?  Read Full »


Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If you have taken Unwanted 72 (Levonorgestrel) within 48 to 72 hours of unprotected sex, with a proper dosage without vomiting, then you can have bleeding within one to two weeks. If these requirements are fulfilled, then there is no need to worry, and you can wait for ...  Read Full »

I took a morning after pill and had bleeding. Am I pregnant?

Query: Hello doctor, I took a morning after pill about eight hours after my fiance's condom broke. It has been a week and I started bleeding today. It was a heavy flow at first (blood-red) but it stopped after 24 hours (became light pink towards the end). I just want to know, am I pregnant or is there a p...  Read Full »


Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have taken I-pill (an emergency contraceptive pill that is hormonal medicine) that interferes normal cycle and prevent conception by preventing ovulation, fertilization, implantation. In return within 1 to 2 weeks, there should be withdrawal bleed that you have g...  Read Full »

Had sex on third day and took I-pill, but there was no withdrawal bleeding. Should I worry?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a regular cycle of 28 to 30 days cycle. I got my last period last month, and I had bleeding for five days. But I had unprotected sex on the third day of my periods, and I took I-pill within 10 hours. I have not got a withdrawal bleed, and also, I have not got my periods this month...  Read Full »


Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen many ladies taking I-pill post unprotected sex are unable to get withdrawal bleed. But they can have heavy bleeding in the same menses during which they had sex, or they can have prolonged bleeding during the periods when the I-pill was taken in the proper d...  Read Full »

Had I-pill after unprotected sex. Is my partner safe from pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, I had unprotected sex with my partner. I am not sure about ejaculation. She took I-pill within three to four hours after having sex. She had her previous period before 20 days. Is she safe from pregnancy and how to confirm it? Please suggest.  Read Full »


Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If she has taken I-pill (Levonorgestrel) in a proper advised dosage, within 48 to 72 hours of unprotected penetrative sex, then she will have an interruption in her normal menstrual cycle to prevent ovulation or fertilization and even conception to have a pregnancy. Wit...  Read Full »

I had Unwanted 72 before 10 days and bleeding now. Is this normal?

Query: Hi doctor, Is having bleeding after ten days of taking Unwanted 72 normal? I have light bleeding for four days. When can I have my normal period?  Read Full »


Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. After taking Unwanted 72 (Levonorgestrel), you can have a withdrawal bleed within one to two weeks. After getting withdrawal bleeding, your body needs some time to get rid of the hormonal effect. Getting a period after having withdrawal bleeding is unscheduled, and grad...  Read Full »

I have taken morning-after-pill. When will I get my period?

Query: Hi doctor, I had unprotected sex two days ago. After sex, I took the morning-after-pill straight away after two hours. When should I get my period after taking the morning-after-pill? If I get my period does that mean I am not pregnant?   Read Full »


Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The morning after pill or emergency contraceptive has to be taken within 72 hours in the proper dosage as recommended to avoid pregnancy. Emergency contraceptive affects the menstrual cycle, prevent ovulation, fertilization, and implantation differ in different types...  Read Full »

I took Primolut N for missed periods. Why have I not got my periods yet?

Query: Hi doctor, I have missed my periods for one month. I did a home pregnancy test and it was negative. Therefore I met a doctor to do a proper check. He scanned me and said I am not pregnant and I have fibroids in my uterus. He requested me to stop having birth control pills as I have very thin walls ...  Read Full »


Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. For irregular cycle treatment, you get it right but dose and days should be extended and then withdrawal bleed you would have in 1 to 2 weeks not just after finishing tablets. The dose of Primolut N should be 10 mg twice daily for five days and then wait for bleeding for ...  Read Full »

My partner has white discharge and pain but not getting her periods. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My partner got her periods three months back. She has a regular period cycle of 28 to 31 days generally. After four days, we were close together but there is no penetration just using hands but for safety purpose, she took unwanted 72 the next day. Then after 10 days, she got mild ble...  Read Full »


Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Emergency contraceptive pills are hormonal pills that can irregulate bleeding pattern, can give spotting, erratic bleeding, etc. After unprotected sex she had a withdrawal bleed and serum beta hCG (blood pregnancy test negative). Now she is not having periods as per sch...  Read Full »

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