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Took 4 pills of nordette after unprotected sex. Is this safe? What are the side effects?

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hi doc. i am sexually active person. my lmp was on 10/24/13 and i usually have a 28-35 days of cycle. i have a regular menstruation and usually lasted for 7 days. i had unprotected sex last 11/5/13 and took nordette after 4 hrs... i took 4 pills right away and took 4 pills after 12 hrs. right now im still waiting for a withdrawal bleeding. i dont have any side effects after i took the second dose. awhile ago i had unprotected sex again,but my partner was pretty sure he did not ejaculated inside, and we used withdrawal method. i just wanna ask if nordette was still effective without withdrawal bleeding and is it still safe without taking nordette again? this is my first time to take nordette and no further side effects i encountered. tnx doctors
Posted Tue, 10 Dec 2013 in Women's Health
 
 
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 24 minutes later
Brief Answer: lack of bleeding does not mean it did not work Detailed Answer: HI, thanks for using healthcare magic Bleeding does not have to occur after the use of any form of emergency contraception. Even if bleeding occurs, it does not signify if the pill worked or not.The lack of bleeding does not mean it did not work. Nordette is effective if taken as you did, the first 4 pill within 120 hours and then pills after 12 hours. Though emergency contraception is effective, it is not as effective as using regular contraception such as the pill. The oral contraceptive pill , when taken accurately, has approximately 99% effectiveness rate at preventing unplanned pregnancy. It thought that is alot better to rely on this and other forms of protection (condoms, depo injection, patch, intrauterine devices) rather than the consistent use of emergency contraception. Emergency contraception , in general is considered to be 75% to 85% effective so regular contraception would be better. I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
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Follow-up: Took 4 pills of nordette after unprotected sex. Is this safe? What are the side effects? 13 minutes later
Hi doc I took nordette accurately and just a bit bothered because i had wthrawal method sex again. And im very safe as per ovulation calendar concern.Shall i take nordette for the 2nd time around? By the way i ate papaya and taking ascorbic acid vit.c (1000mg) as of 11/10/13 as ive researched that it induce menstruation.
 
 
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 21 minutes later
Brief Answer: it can be used again Detailed Answer: HI Yes you can repeat the use of it again but with repeated use there is increased risk of side effects. So you can use it again if you are still within the hours after sexual intercourse. Because the risk of failure of emergency contraception is greater than regular consistent contraception, you and your partner may want to discuss another method.
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Follow-up: Took 4 pills of nordette after unprotected sex. Is this safe? What are the side effects? 13 minutes later
Follow up question Is it good for me to take a preg test XXXXXXX if im quite bothered after having sex last nov 5 in which i took nordette accurately for the very 1st time? P.s. Even if i had sex again.awhile ago? And shall i take 4pills again by now? Am i doing it right.after you prescribed that i should take nordette again, i just followed your instructions so i just took 4 pills right away since after 6hrs of widthrawal sex. Is there still a chance of getting pregnant if i took it within 72hrs and took nordette for the 2nd time? Is eating papaya and taking ascorbic acid vit c. Can help too? Tnx
 
 
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 32 minutes later
Brief Answer: yes you can repeat the dose now Detailed Answer: HI Yes you can use the repeat course now but you should continue to use nordette this frequently in the future due to the risk of side effects and risk of failure. You can take the pregnancy test 11 to 14 days after the last intercourse. At that time, the level of the HCG hormone in the urine would be enough to be detectable by the test. Please feel free to ask any other questions
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Follow-up: Took 4 pills of nordette after unprotected sex. Is this safe? What are the side effects? 46 minutes later
Am i doing it right.after you prescribed that i should take nordette again, i just followed your instructions so i just took 4 pills right away since after 6hrs of widthrawal sex. Is there still a chance of getting pregnant if i took it within 72hrs and took nordette for the 2nd time? Is eating papaya and taking ascorbic acid vit c. Can help too? Tnx
 
 
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 11 minutes later
Brief Answer: yes that is correct Detailed Answer: HI, XXXXX Yes, you are doing it correctly. Once it is taken within 120 hours of intercourse it is thought to be effective, the other dose should be taken 12 hours later. In terms of the papaya and ascorbic acid:unripe papaya was used in preventing pregnancy but there are no studies to show how effective it is Ascorbic acid is said to be spermicidal and women used to soak sponges with lemon and place in the vaginal area but again the effectiveness of this method has not been confirmed by any studies. This means there is no reliable information on if either of these methods work and how well they work. You can use them in addition to the nordette if you wish, they are not going to cause any harm even if they are not effective. You can feel free to ask anything else
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Follow-up: Took 4 pills of nordette after unprotected sex. Is this safe? What are the side effects? 13 minutes later
Am i going to have a regular menstruation after 2 consecutive intake of nordette? Or nordette will delay my period? Tnx
 
 
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 40 minutes later
Brief Answer: yes can affect the period Detailed Answer: HI It will cause some period irregularity. In some women it causes the periods to come earlier, others may experience a delay. If the delay is more than a week then a pregnancy test should be done. It can cause irregular bleeding between periods in some women If any thing else remain unclear, feel free to ask
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Follow-up: Took 4 pills of nordette after unprotected sex. Is this safe? What are the side effects? 6 hours later
Since i took nordette right away amd accurately it means that im safe now?or not getting pregnant? Even if i had sex on my fertile days and without having withdrawal bleeding yet? Just want to make sure coz its my 1st time to take ecp. Tnx
 
 
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 38 minutes later
Brief Answer: a very small chance of failure Detailed Answer: HI It is understandable to want to be sure. As mentioned emergency contraception is said to be 75% to 85%. This means that when taken accurately there is a significant reduction in the chance of conceiving but it is not complete coverage. So because it was taken as it should, you are not likely to become pregnant but there is still a small chance. The presence or absence of bleeding is not an indicator of the effectiveness of the pill. It is not inducing abortion where bleeding would be seen. It can be taken effectively and no bleeding occur. Hope this reassures you
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Follow-up: Took 4 pills of nordette after unprotected sex. Is this safe? What are the side effects? 10 hours later
Hi doc.i took the last dose awhile ago. I juz felt like i was having a menstruation.but is it juz my psychological presumption or a real indicator of preparation of having a menstruation? To summarize my activities are the following: LMP:Oct 24-30 Unprotcted sex but we used withdrawal: nov5 1st dose of nordette: nov5 ( after 3hrs of unprotected sex) 2nd dose: nov 6 ( after 12 hrs.and taken accurately) 4pills Take note: no widthrawal bleeding Unprotcted sex: nov12 1st dose of nordette as prescribed by the doc: nov 12 (6hrs after having unprotcted sex) Mild hyperacidity upon waking up this morning 2nd dose: nov13 ( after 12 hrs) 4 pills Take note: no widthrawal bleeding til now but feels like im havibg a menstruation. Feeling of heavy on the pelvic area Tnx doc
 
 
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 1 hour later
Brief Answer: the only way to confirm period is ultrasound Detailed Answer: hi, Glitterbush It would be difficult to say if you are going to menstruate until bleeding actually occurs. The only method available at present to determine if a woman is going to menstruate before it happens would be an ultrasound looking at the lining of the uterus for an indicators of menstruation. There are some symptoms that women experience prior to each period such as breast tenderness, abdominal pain or heaviness, back pain, nausea, fatigue, bloating. The fact that you are experiencing heaviness may mean that you are going to have a period but as I said, this can only be confirmed by imaging or waiting to see if it happens. Hope this helps
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Follow-up: Took 4 pills of nordette after unprotected sex. Is this safe? What are the side effects? 8 minutes later
hi doc i feel that i am acidic when i woke up before i took the 2nd dose. this was i felt with my 1st take of nordette last week. is this an indicator of sideeffects that nordette is effective? tnx doc
 
 
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 1 hour later
Brief Answer: the only indicator is no pregnancy Detailed Answer: HI There is no specific indicator that allows a woman to know that the medication works. It is the same with normal oral contraception or any other form of contraception, the only way that you know it has worked is when you realise that you are not pregnant. If your period comes or you do a pregnancy test and it is negative then you would know it has worked. There are possible side effects or symptoms that may be experienced when the medication is used. These symptoms are side effects of taking the medication , they are not indicators that it has worked. Though you may be experiencing side effects of taking the medication, it would not say whether it worked or not, unfortunately you would have to wait and see.
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Follow-up: Took 4 pills of nordette after unprotected sex. Is this safe? What are the side effects? 7 minutes later
Is,there a report that nordette failed?if yes how many percentage?
 
 
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 35 minutes later
Brief Answer: 75% to 85% Detailed Answer: HI In general, the effectiveness of all emergency contraception is between 75% and 85%. Nordette is also used as a regular oral contraceptive where it is taken daily, in that case the effectiveness is 99%.
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Follow-up: Took 4 pills of nordette after unprotected sex. Is this safe? What are the side effects? 10 hours later
I am experiencing abdominal pain and more gaseous.is it a sign of pms?
 
 
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 10 minutes later
Brief Answer: there are possible signs Detailed Answer: Hi yes,these can sometimes indicate that a period is going to come for some women. You would know the symptoms that you normally feel when your period is about the start. you would need to wait to see if menstruation starts.
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Follow-up: Took 4 pills of nordette after unprotected sex. Is this safe? What are the side effects? 21 minutes later
I now acidic is it a side effect of nordette?
 
 
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 8 minutes later
Brief Answer: this is not one of the known side effects Detailed Answer: HI, No, this is not a known side effect of nordette.
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Follow-up: Took 4 pills of nordette after unprotected sex. Is this safe? What are the side effects? 7 hours later
If i am experiencing mild back aches,itchiness of the breast,abdominal pain,gaseous,heaviness but absence of vaginal discharge.what could be the possible signs of the said experiences?
 
 
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 1 hour later
Brief Answer: different potential causes Detailed Answer: Bloating or increase gas can be due to a number of different causes such as: food intolerance,lactose intolerance, due to menstrual cycle, intake of foods which increase gas production, intake of carbonated drinks, irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease Back ache can also be related to different causes such as trauma, excess exertion, arthrtis, can occur in menstruation, viral illnesses Abdominal pain can occur in infection, trauma, constipation, menstruation, obstruction of the bowel, masses in the bowel, viral illnesses Itchiness of the breast can occur in contact dermatitis of the breast, fungal infections, menstruation.
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Follow-up: Took 4 pills of nordette after unprotected sex. Is this safe? What are the side effects? 45 minutes later
What is plan b
 
 
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 1 hour later
Brief Answer: it is a form of emergency contraception Detailed Answer: Hi It is a form of emergency contraception. the drug that you used, nordette contain two medications combined. Plan b contains one of those medications , it is called levonorgestrel. It is a progestin emergency contraceptive
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Follow-up: Took 4 pills of nordette after unprotected sex. Is this safe? What are the side effects? 12 minutes later
Hi doc Is it fine that after my 2nd dose of nordette i stop taking it but i am not having sex again. tnx
 
 
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 8 minutes later
Brief Answer: only 2 doses are needed Detailed Answer: When nordette is taken as emergency contraception, only 2 doses are needed, the initial dose and the dose 12 hours later. If you had taken a 3rd dose that would be too much , so you are right in not taking any more. You should consider starting normal contraceptives, there are different methods that you can discuss with your doctor.Most form of contraception are effective up to 99% so if you start one, it will protect you in the future
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Follow-up: Took 4 pills of nordette after unprotected sex. Is this safe? What are the side effects? 10 hours later
Hi doc Can i expect my menstruation this month if i took nordette on nov 5-6 and nov 12-13.as ive said before i took it after unprotcted sex within 24hrs. 4pills initial dose and 4pills after 12hrs.
 
 
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 27 minutes later
Brief Answer: I cannot predict when it will come Detailed Answer: Hi As I mentioned previously, the use of emergency contraception can possibly result in changes to menstrual cycle temporarily. This means that your next period could come earlier than expected, later than expected or in some women , no change is seen. I am not able to predict when your next period will come. You would have to watch and wait.
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Follow-up: Took 4 pills of nordette after unprotected sex. Is this safe? What are the side effects? 4 hours later
I noticed i have a cervical mucus but its not much.not sticky nor slimmy what does it mean
 
 
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 5 hours later
Brief Answer: there is no significance Detailed Answer: It does not mean anything. Women normally have a discharge,this may be part of a the normal feminine discharge. It can sometimes change during parts of the cycle. I know that you are anxious about pregnancy but not every symptom that you experience would indicate when or if your periods are coming. They would also not give an indication of whether you are pregnant or not. It is not possible to tell at this stage by signs and symptoms. You can do a pregnancy test in 7 to 10 days if your period does not come. It is just to wait and see. There is nothing else but waiting and seeing what happens.
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Follow-up: Took 4 pills of nordette after unprotected sex. Is this safe? What are the side effects? 22 hours later
hi doc ive already mentioned my intake of nordette did i take nordette right ? so it does me that im already safe?
 
 
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 1 hour later
Brief Answer: 75 to 85% effective Detailed Answer: HI Yes you mentioned your use of nordette and the dose and timing of the medication was correct. In terms of pregnancy protection, as mentioned previously even when emergency contraception is taken accurately the effectiveness is 75 to 85%. This applies to all emergency contraception including nordette. This means that you will not know if you did not conceive till either your period comes or you do a pregnancy test.
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Follow-up: Took 4 pills of nordette after unprotected sex. Is this safe? What are the side effects? 7 minutes later
If im.going to take pt on monday,am i too early to take? I had unprotcted sex last nov5
 
 
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 31 minutes later
Brief Answer: monday would be fine Detailed Answer: Hi Taking the test on monday would be fine. It would be able to tell you if you are pregnant or not. You should obtain an early detection pregnancy kit, these would be available over the counter at your local pharmacy
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Follow-up: Took 4 pills of nordette after unprotected sex. Is this safe? What are the side effects? 46 hours later
Hello doc This morning i have a brown discharge.that's why i didnt take a pt.what does it mean? And last night i chilled and had headache.
 
 
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 42 minutes later
Brief Answer: it would be best to still do the test Detailed Answer: A brown discharge can sometimes mean blood . It does not mean you cannot do the test. If you do not do it then you would be persistently wondering if you are pregnant or not. It would be best to do it and get a definitive answer. chills and headache may sometimes indicate that a person may have a viral illness like the cold or flu. It is not related to either menstruation or pregnancy
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Follow-up: Took 4 pills of nordette after unprotected sex. Is this safe? What are the side effects? 2 days later
hi doc i had a menstruation yesterday it was totally heavy just like before.. since i have a period now. is there a chance that im going to be irregular
 
 
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 5 hours later
Brief Answer: the regularity of the period cannot be predicted Detailed Answer: HI If you had your period then you are not pregnant. In terms of regularity of your period, it is not possible to predict if a woman's period is going to be regular or irregular. If it becomes irregular you can consider the use of a form of oral contraception. This is used to regularise a female's cycle. There are different types oral contraception, your doctor can let you know which ones are available in your area if you decide it is something that you want.
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