Morning-after or postcoital pill

Morning-after or postcoital pill

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Emergency contraception is an alternative use of oral hormonal contraception (taken before 72 hours after intercourse), avoiding pregnancy after unprotected sex.

This method should only be used in emergency cases, ie when other contraceptive methods have not been adopted or have failed in any way, such as forgetfulness, condom breakage, diaphragm dislocation, table or coital failure. discontinued, forgetting to take the pill for two or more days in a cycle or in case of rape.

This contraceptive contains levonorgestrel, which is a type of progesterone. Levonorgestrel prevents pregnancy by inhibiting ovulation, fertilization and implantation of the blastocyst.

It is important to clarify that these are not abortion pills and do not cause miscarriage, and they will not help if the woman is already pregnant. It can only help to prevent pregnancy. This measure has caused several side effects and should not be used regularly.

An original tablet contains two tablets. The first tablet should be taken no later than 72 hours after unprotected sexual intercourse (never after this period). The second should be taken 12 hours after the first. If vomiting occurs, the dose should be repeated.

It does not always produce results and can have intense side effects. The most common symptoms are nausea, abdominal pain, fatigue, headache, menstrual cycle disorder, dizziness, breast weakness, and, in less common cases, diarrhea, vomiting and acnes.

Failure rate

If used up to 24 hours of ratio - 5%.

Between 25 and 48 hours - 15%.

Between 49 and 72 hours - 42%.


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