My boyfriend and I didn’t have sex or even have our privates touch by he “came” on my stomach…

…and the sperm dripped from there and down to my naked vaginal area. I quickly cleaned it off but I was still worried so I went and got an ECP. But I got it a little after 72 hours (within like 74 hours), and I experienced dark brown to bright red bleeding that required a panty liner after 7 days of taking the pill. Is that normal and do you think I’m pregnant?

Even though your partner didn’t ejaculate inside of you, there may have been a chance that semen could have gotten into your vagina- putting you at risk of pregnancy. It was good thinking of you to get Plan B! Emergency contraception can actually help to help prevent pregnancy for up to 120 hours after unprotected sex. But remember that the sooner you take the emergency contraception, the better!

Let’s first talk about what emergency contraception is and how it works. Any brand of emergency contraception is an option if you’re concerned about pregnancy. Emergency contraception contains a high level of progesterone.  This spike of progesterone in the body can prevent ovulation, or keep the egg from being released from the ovary.  That’s why it’s important to take Plan B as soon as possible after unprotected sex; pregnancy isn’t possible if ovulation is prevented.

Plan B is not an abortion. It prevents pregnancy—it doesn’t end a pregnancy. If a pregnancy has already occurred, Plan B will not harm the pregnancy (or your body) in any way. Plan B can be taken up to five days after unprotected sex, but it is more effective in the first 48 hours.  Walk in to Teen Clinic any time we’re open if you need Plan B; we offer it either for free or at a low-cost to anyone under 20. If you are under 18, all of your services at Teen Clinic will be free.  If you are 18 or 19, there may be a small flat fee for your services based on your income.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s talk about what to expect after using emergency contraception!

Taking an emergency contraceptive, like Plan B, can change your regular bleeding pattern. The Plan B pill is a dose of progesterone, a natural hormone that builds up the lining of the uterus. The medication is actually tricking your body into thinking it should have a period. This means that you might have spotting or another period after taking Plan B, and that this is totally normal. You should have some sort of bleeding within three weeks of taking the Plan B pill.

If you do not have any bleeding or spotting (minimal bleeding) within two weeks, you’ll want to take a pregnancy test. It’s important to wait two weeks after the unprotected intercourse occurs before taking a pregnancy test; you will not get an accurate result until this time.

Definitely speak to a health care provider if you have concerns about pregnancy and/or irregular periods. EC does not protect against STI transmission so be sure that you and your partner get tested to ensure you both are STI free.

You can find more information about your period, Plan B and other birth control methods on our website.  Make an appointment at Teen Clinic for a personalized consult.