If you’ve recently taken a morning after pill, it’s totally okay to have some anxiety. Your next period will be the ‘proof’ that the pill worked, so it makes sense to want it to come sooner rather than later (for a change!).
It’s no wonder you’re wondering “how long does it take to get your period after the morning after pill?”
This can vary from person to person, but here’s some general info about what you can expect after you take a morning after pill – and when.
Firstly, work out when you would’ve expected your next period to arrive.
Then, you can reasonably expect your period to come between one week earlier and one week later than that. This is because emergency contraception affects the length of your overall menstrual cycle by delaying or preventing ovulation, potentially pushing back your next period or sometimes bringing it forward.
Even when taking a morning after pill, you should still expect your period to arrive within a month. If you haven’t had your period for over a week after when you expected to, it might be time for a pregnancy test.
“How soon should I get my period after the morning after pill?” may not be your only concern right now. You may also be worried that your next period will be unusual or painful.
Delaying a period can indeed lead to an irregular period. Your period after a morning after pill might be:
However, these differences are typically minor and mild. And they’re not permanent – your period should return to normal in your next cycle.
If you experience nausea, headaches, abdominal pain, breast pain, fatigue, or dizziness, keep in mind that these can be symptoms of the morning after pill itself. These may not be caused by your period.
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