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How many days should I spot after taking the morning after pill?

Some women may experience light bleeding, known as spotting, after using the emergency pill (also called the morning after pill).

The morning-after pill can also affect some womens’ periods, meaning you might get your period earlier or later than you normally would. Some degree of spotting is a common side effect of the morning-after pill. There is generally no need to worry if you experience light bleeding or an unusually mild or heavy period after you use either type of morning-after pill.

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