Aunt Vadge: I had sex the day my period ended – am I pregnant?

A Polish woman looks perplexed at the camera with a lollipop in the background wondering if she's pregnant or not.

Hello Aunty,

So last month I had unprotected sex on the 23rd of October, after my period had ended on the 23rd of October, and on the day I took two Plan B pills.

After about 6 days I got a normal period again, but it’s been about 2 weeks from then and my breasts on the nipple are are quite sensitive and the Flo app is saying my period is meant to come in 9 days.

Should I be worried?

Thank you for your help 🙂

Yours,
Scaredy-Cat
Age 21
Poland

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Hey there, Scaredy-Cat!

First off, let’s breathe; it’s perfectly normal to feel a bit on edge after your experience. Taking emergency contraception like Plan B can really throw your hormones for a loop, which can cause all sorts of funky side effects – including making your breasts feel like they’re on high alert!

Your second period showing up just six days after taking Plan B as emergency contraception isn’t that unusual, as the high dose of hormones can cause an early or unexpected period. It’s your body’s way of hitting the reset button after the emergency contraceptive shakes things up.

Now, sensitive nipples and breasts can be part of the hormonal roller coaster, and just because your Flo app says your period is due soon, doesn’t mean it will be spot on this time – the Plan B might’ve nudged your cycle out of its regular rhythm.

You have also been very proactive in taking the Plan B straight away; it’s a great option if you need it. But, it is a hormone pill, to deliberately throw off the hormones you have so you don’t get pregnant.

It’s also useful to know that you probably hadn’t ovulated the day your period finished, and while it’s possible to ovulate at that part of your cycle, usually it’s about a week or so on. It’s very useful to know what to look out for when you’re ovulating, so you know when it happens every cycle.

Learn more about how to tell if you are ovulating, and how your body shows you changes during your cycle, and therefore you know when it’s very risky to have unprotected sex.

But here’s the deal – if you’re feeling anxious about the possibility of pregnancy, it never hurts to take a home pregnancy test to give you some peace of mind. It’s simple to do and can help you figure out what’s going on inside without the guesswork.

Just make sure to follow the directions on the box for the most reliable result. If the test comes back negative but you’re still worried, or if things just don’t feel right, it’s always a wise move to check in with a healthcare provider. They can help make sense of what’s happening in your body and give you the advice you need.

And remember, while apps like Flo are fabulous for tracking your cycle, they’re not always 100% accurate, so give yourself a bit of slack if things aren’t happening exactly as predicted.

Keep an eye on how you’re feeling, and if anything seems off, or if you just need some more guidance, don’t hesitate to schedule a chat with a healthcare pro. We’re here to help you navigate through this. You can book an appointment any time for a chat.

You’re doing great! And I’m right here if you need more help or just want to chat.

Hugs,
Aunt Vadge 🌺



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