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Question: plan b, withdrawal method, chances of pregnancy

 JUSTIN072005 - Fri Aug 13, 2010 6:38 pm

i had sex 18 days ago on the 7th day of my menstrual period. we used the withdrawal method, i took plan b 10 hours later and had a negative hpt as of this morning. problem is i am having symptoms of brown spotting and cramping, is it possible i am pregnant?
 Debbie Miller, RN - Wed Aug 18, 2010 1:06 am

User avatar Hello,
These are normal symptoms following emergency contraception use. You are not likely to be pregnant since you used it during the early period following sex. Combined with "withdrawal" method it would be nearly a miracle for pregnancy to occur. Spotting and cramping are not usual symptoms of pregnancy and only occur in some pregnancies with implantation bleeds occurring very early (6 days after conception) if it happens at all.

I would advise you to find an acceptable method of contraception since plan B is not intended for regular use; just in emergencies.
Best wishes.

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