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Plan B and Pink Spotting a Week Later?

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February 8th, 2011, 08:16 PM
havestar's Avatar Veteran
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my husband and i had a baby in august. about 6 weeks later i got on depo.

3 months later, after breastfeeding, working out and eating better, i hadn't lost a single pound.. and figured it might be because of the depo. besides that.. i had no sex drive. so i decided not to take the shot again.

a month went by and i got my period. it was regular, so i figured i'm back to normal cycles. about 9 days later my husband and i had unprotected sex. doh! we were snowed in, but were able to get plan b at the pharmacy 2 days later. i took one pill, then another 12 hrs later. didn't really have any symptoms.

well it's been about a week and i just had some really light pink spotting. it only lasted one bathroom break - meaning i went to the bathroom a few hours later and the pink had turned light brown, then nothing.

has anyone else experienced this with plan b? i'm only worried because i've read that the plan b spotting is more red and like a period.


- edit -

i forgot to add that we had sex after i took the morning after pill. tbh i can't remember if it was after the first pill (it would have been about 3 hours before the second) or if it was 21 hours after the second pill.

Last edited by havestar; February 8th, 2011 at 08:42 PM.
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February 9th, 2011, 11:07 AM
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nevermind! i believe i started another cycle (even though i'm not due for two weeks).
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February 9th, 2011, 02:02 PM
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You've got 3 significant hormonal events going on here, and either one of them can cause strange spotting or bleeding.

1. You're post partum. It's normal to have strange spotting and bleeding during that time.
2. Depo is a highly aggressive drug. It hits the reproductive system hard. It can take your body a long time to fully recover from the effects and this can cause strange spotting/bleeding too.
3. Plan B is another big dose of hormones in a short period of time.

I think it's fair to say your hormones are probably so confused, your body doesn't know what to do. Spotting and strange bleeding is to be expected. With charting your fertility signs, you can tell exactly what your hormones are doing and what different episodes of bleeding means.
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February 16th, 2011, 09:35 AM
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ShawnaCan is right. Anything that affects your hormones at all can alter your cycle in countless ways, and you are dealing with three different things that each affect your hormones very significantly. It's likely that one or more is/are causing the spotting/bleeding. Nonetheless, you might consider taking a pregnancy test, just in case. You had unprotected sex and didn't take Plan B until 2 days later. Its effectiveness drops quite a bit for every 12 hours that you delay its start.
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