I Took the i-Pill. Can I Still Get Pregnant?

Published: July 13, 2022
Dear TeenHealthFX,
I'm 18 yrs old and I had my periods on 1st July but I had unprotected sex with my partner on 6th of July after my periods but he didn't cum inside but I took 1 ipill on 8th of July and I'm bleeding today I just want to know if it can cause pregnancy
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Dear I Took the i-Pill. Can I Still Get Pregnant? ,

TeenHealthFX cannot diagnose or treat over the internet, however, based on the information you provided, there is a very small chance pregnancy can occur. Since you were able to take the i-Pill in order to try to prevent pregnancy (for our readers who are not sure, the i-Pill is a brand of emergency contraception that can be used to prevent pregnancy after a failed form of birth control or unprotected sex.) within the effectiveness window, it should not result in pregnancy. Here's why: 

According to the Cleveland Clinic, emergency Contraceptive (EC) also known as the morning after pill can be taken up to 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected/failed birth control sexual intercourse and still be effective. It works by preventing the ovaries from releasing an egg (ovulating) that can result in pregnancy. It is important to note that if you already ovulated, pregnancy could still occur, and it will not harm the pregnancy.

We strongly recommend tracking your next period to make sure that you are not pregnant. Remember, your period cycle starts on the first day of your period, not when the period ends. If you believe you may have not had a period or unsure, you can always take an at home pregnancy test when your next period would be do. In addition, it may be a good idea to check in with a doctor.

If you need help finding a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist. 

TeenHealthFX would also like to mention the importance of always practicing safe sex. We encourage all teens to use condoms every time they engage in any type of sexual activity to reduce the chances of unplanned pregnancy and STIs. The birth control pill alone does not prevent STI’s. 

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