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Does I-Pill cause irregular menstruation?

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Posted on Tue, 1 Dec 2015
Question: Hi
I had my previous period on 4th oct and i had unprotected sex on 11th oct.I took ipill after 2 hours..Now my periods are delayed ..its been 6 days since my periods got delayed..Is it due to the pills or can i be pregnant?
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Answered by Dr. Srilatha Myaka (32 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
ipill causes hormonal imbalance

Detailed Answer:
Hello dear,welcome to healthcare magic.I have gone through your query.
I understand your concern.In my opinion the delay in period appears to be due to ipill.
The ipill is 95% effective if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex.As you have taken ipill within stipulated time the chance of pregnancy is rare.
Also 11th of October appears to be safe period.
So the ipill intake within time and safe period both make the chances of pregnancy less.
The ipill is a high dose progesterone.It causes hormonal imbalance and effects the timing and bleeding of the period.
So the period can be either delayed or come early and the bleeding can be scanty or heavy.
I suggest you to do a urine pregnancy test tomorrow just to rule out pregnancy.The pregnancy test gives accurate results after a week of missed period.
You can wait for 10 days more for spontaneous onset of periods.
Anyways the pregnancy appears to be rare and the delayed period might be due to ipill.
Hope this satisfies your query.
Feel free to discuss furthur.
Best regards...Dr.Srilatha
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vinay Bhardwaj
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Follow up: Dr. Srilatha Myaka (35 minutes later)
Can i test it at home itself by using pregnancy test kit
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Answered by Dr. Srilatha Myaka (35 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
The test can be done by yourself

Detailed Answer:
Hello dear,I got your query. I understand your concern.
Yes you can test by yourself by the urine pregnancy test kits which will be available.
It is better to do with first morning urine sample for good results.
The method of testing like instructions will be provided along with the kit.
Hope this satisfies your query.
Feel free to discuss furthur.
Best regards...Dr.Srilatha
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vinay Bhardwaj
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Follow up: Dr. Srilatha Myaka (2 days later)
Hi..the pregnancy result was negative..If the periods didnt happen in 10 more days..Should i consult a doctor?
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Answered by Dr. Srilatha Myaka (22 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Avoid stress

Detailed Answer:
Hello dear,i understand your concern. I have gone through your query.
I understand your concern.In my opinion the period might get delayed upto 10-15 days.
So if it is going beyond this time I suggest you to see a doctor for physical examination and assessment for accurate diagnosis.
As the urine pregnancy test is negative chances for pregnancy are very remote.
So nothing to worry.Avoid stress as it might also cause hormonal imbalance which can cause delay in periods.
Hope this satisfies your query.
Feel free to discuss furthur.
Best regards...Dr.Srilatha
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Does I-Pill cause irregular menstruation?

Brief Answer: ipill causes hormonal imbalance Detailed Answer: Hello dear,welcome to healthcare magic.I have gone through your query. I understand your concern.In my opinion the delay in period appears to be due to ipill. The ipill is 95% effective if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex.As you have taken ipill within stipulated time the chance of pregnancy is rare. Also 11th of October appears to be safe period. So the ipill intake within time and safe period both make the chances of pregnancy less. The ipill is a high dose progesterone.It causes hormonal imbalance and effects the timing and bleeding of the period. So the period can be either delayed or come early and the bleeding can be scanty or heavy. I suggest you to do a urine pregnancy test tomorrow just to rule out pregnancy.The pregnancy test gives accurate results after a week of missed period. You can wait for 10 days more for spontaneous onset of periods. Anyways the pregnancy appears to be rare and the delayed period might be due to ipill. Hope this satisfies your query. Feel free to discuss furthur. Best regards...Dr.Srilatha