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Why Did My Period Last For More Than 10 Days?

Published: July 12, 2016
Dear TeenHealthFX,
A few years ago I was sexually assaulted and the guy didn't use a condom. I went for a rape kit and they gave me plan B i think and some other pills. a month or so later I had my period but it lasted over 10 days..my gma said it could've been a miscarriage. Now its like 3 years later and I went to the obgyn for the first time and she says it wasn't. Any Ideas on why i bled for so long?
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Dear Why Did My Period Last For More Than 10 Days?,

TeenHealthFX is very sorry to hear that you were sexually assaulted. Sexual assault is a traumatic experience that no one should go through alone, so we hope that you have had a strong support system in dealing with this. Sometimes victims of sexual assault blame themselves for what happened, but please remember that it is never your fault and that you did not do anything to have caused it. If you still require any form of support, help is available 24/7 through the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE. RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is also available to put you in contact with local centers that can help you.

Plan B is an Emergency Contraceptive Pill (ECP) that is given within 72 hours of unprotected sex and in your case, after your assault. It is given to prevent pregnancy if pregnancy has not yet occurred. Like other medications, Plan B does have side effects that can include dizziness, headache, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, breast tenderness, and irregular bleeding. Irregular bleeding can vary from missed periods, to spotting, to heavy and/or prolonged bleeding (hypermenorrhea) as in your case. This irregular bleeding usually occurs in the first month after you have taken the medication while the other side effects resolve within 48 hours. It is important to remember that ECP’s are not a form of primary birth control and do not protect you from sexually transmitted infections.

TeenHealthFX recommends that you speak to your primary care physician, gynecologist or adolescent medicine specialist if you continue to have any questions or concerns regarding this issue or if you have any general questions related to your sexual health. If you don't have 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 or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

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