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Taking off once again from ECP Update: Nordette is Phased Out, Here are Your Alternatives, today we shall deal with two FAQs: “Am I pregnant?” and “When can I take a pregnancy test?”

But before that, I just want to say for the record that I’m a local childfree blogger and earth-bound goddess, not:

  • A psychologist
  • A psychiatrist
  • An actual medical professional
  • Your mother
  • The fetus whisperer

While I can virtually hold your hand and respond to your comments and e-mails, you guys, your anxiety is off the charts sometimes so you ask questions that in no way I can actually answer. In all seriousness if you do need a psychologist, check this out. Also, if you need a fetus whisperer to figure out if you’re pregnant, sorry, even an earth-bound goddess/ the internet has limited powers.

ECP Supplementary FAQs!

Are you pregnant?

I honestly can’t know this. And if you took ECP, here’s the thing: We can’t know if it worked until you get your period or take a pregnancy test. Sorry! There are a lot of factors that go into this such as:

  • Where you are in your cycle
  • What contraceptives you took
  • How often you’ve taken ECP
  • When the last time you took ECP was

So there’s really just no way of knowing immediately after taking ECP that it worked. You’re probably fretting about the withdrawal bleeding… That’s another FAQ, actually.

Can your withdrawal bleeding coincide with your real period?

I don’t think so.

  • Withdrawal bleeding: your body coming off the shock hormones. The ECP prevents you from ovulating, thus screwing up your cycle. You’re definitely not shedding uterine lining at this point. Also note that some people don’t get withdrawal bleeding. It depends on how your body processes these things.
  • Actual period: You’re shedding your uterine lining. Withdrawal bleeding is actually a part of menstrual suppression so I’d be inclined to say that the answer to this FAQ is no.

For more on this, please read about birth control pills and how they work.

When can I take a pregnancy test?

  • The day you miss your period
  • Three weeks after unprotected intercourse
  • SourceΒ if you need to read more about this

Please read the other FAQs in the ECP post clearly before commenting. I think I covered most things already. If there’s a question I haven’t covered, feel free to tell me! Thanks and stay safe.