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My period is irregular and I took the morning after pill. How can I tell if I missed my period and am pregnant or if it’s because of the pill?

After taking emergency contraception (AKA the morning-after pill), it’s normal for your period to be a little later or earlier than usual. Emergency contraception is pretty good at preventing pregnancy if you take it within five days of unprotected sex, so it’s unlikely you’re pregnant. But you can find out for sure by taking a pregnancy test three weeks after when you took the pill.

Want to have a more regular period and not worry about having to take emergency contraception? Some birth control methods like the pill and the ring work really well at preventing pregnancy and making your  period show up super regularly. You might also want to check out the IUD and implant. They’re two kinds of birth control that don’t necessarily make your period more regular, but they’re  easy to use and really good at preventing pregnancy. Your nearest Planned Parenthood health center can get you started on figuring out the right method for you.

 -Emily at Planned Parenthood

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