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Had emergency birth control five days before period but now three days late

Answered by: Dr Nur Syuhada binti Zulkifli

Last Updated: January 16, 2021 11:01 AM

Anonymous 5 months

Hi I’m a girl who’s 20 this year.My boyfriend and I always used condoms everytime we had sex but the condom slipped during one time and I took escapelle the emergency birth control within 24 hours five days before my period. We had sex three times before this month’s period.But now my period is late three days which usually im on time.Should I be concerned about this late period cuz I’m freaking out.

Dr Nur Syuhada binti Zulkifli 5 months
General Practitioner

Hi, thank you for reaching out to us.

We understand your concern regarding this matter. For your information, a normal women’s menstrual cycle is between 21 to 34 days and the menstrual flow can last as short as 2 days until 7 days. The pill that you took is a form of emergency contraception where it contain high dose of progesterone hormone to prevent pregnancy.

There are numbers of side effects caused by emergency contraception pills, such as:

  • Alteration or changes in menstrual flow and timing
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Spotting or bleeding in between periods
  • Mood changes

Enjoy a beautiful moment with your loved one safely.

Also, there are number of factors which can cause a woman to have her period delayed:

  • Emotional stress
  • Daily activity is too active and packed
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • Problems with the thyroid or pituitary gland
  • Usage of contraceptions (pills, injectable solution, impants or IUCD)
  • Pregnancy

Still worried about your menstrual cycle? Speak to a gynaecologist today to ease your mind.

However, this is only our general impression on why you have your period delayed. We strongly suggest you to see a doctor so that you can get examined and treated accordingly.

If you need further clarification, do contact us at (DoctorOnCall) to speak with our doctors online to clear your doubts. Thank you.

Last Updated: Sat Jan 16 2021 11:01:48 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
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