Published on Nov 26, 2018 and last reviewed on Jul 17, 2019 - 4 min read
Emergency contraceptive pills have recently flooded the market and Unwanted 72 is one among them. It is necessary to know detailed information regarding the drug. This article provides the answers to all the doubts and questions you have in your mind regarding this pill.
Unwanted 72 is an emergency contraceptive pill that is to be taken to prevent an unplanned pregnancy after having unprotected sex. It is also known as morning-after pill.
It has a chemical composition of Levonorgestrel. It is to be taken as a single dose tablet with water after food. It is not necessary to take it in the morning or at any particular time of the day. But, it is considered to be most effective when taken within 24 hours of unprotected sexual intercourse. This is supposed to be sold under prescription but currently, it is available over-the-counter too and hence proper knowledge about the drug is necessary to prevent any unwanted side effects.
Unwanted 72 contains a hormone in high dose, inactivating LH (luteinizing hormone) and FSH (follicular stimulating hormone), and it ultimately makes the lining of the uterus unfavorable for implantation of fertilized egg and ovulation too. It thus works by stopping pregnancy after sex. It takes three days (72 hours) for pregnancy to occur after fertilization, which is what this pill stops from occurring. It does not terminate a pregnancy that has already occurred. So, it is important to take it in the stipulated time frame as directed by your doctor. In case of vomiting within three hours of taking Unwanted 72, it may not work, and another tablet is to be repeated.
Unwanted 72 tablet is to be taken within 72 hours of the act of penetration for it to be most effective. It helps to prevent pregnancy in case of:
Breakage or slipping of the condom.
Emergency contraceptive pills are popular due to their convenience of getting them over-the-counter, effectiveness in preventing pregnancy, ease of availability, affordability, confidentiality, and also because they are suitable to be used after an unexpected episode of intercourse where no type of protection was planned ahead.
Although minimal, common side effects include hormonal imbalance, abdominal pain, breast tenderness, nausea, vomiting, menstrual irregularities,change in mood, dizziness and fatigue. There can be long-term side effects if used chronically, like irregular periods, allergies of skin, swelling of lips, tongue, eyelids, hands and feet, ectopic pregnancy, hair loss, infections of ear, nose, and throat, ovaries can be damaged or imbalance in hormones.
They can cause extensive delay in periods, heavy bleeding and/or spotting in between periods. Sometimes, it may also cause early periods. And usually the heavy bleeding can be associated with pain.It is also possible that certain medications that you are taking can counteract while taking Unwanted 72 and thus, either the effects of one or both can be diminished. Certain drugs which are expected to interact are Griseofulvin, Barbiturates, Carbamazepine, etc. Hence, it is always better to consult your physician regarding the medicines you are taking and this drug before taking it.
As Unwanted 72 is a hormonal tablet meant for emergency purposes, they have to be used only in such one-off situations and not as a regular mode of contraception. Condoms or oral contraceptive pills (lower dose hormones) are more reliable forms of long-term birth control. An emergency pill can mess with your reproductive system if taken on a regular basis. It is advised not to take them more than twice in a span of six months. Also, it is important to take note that ECP does not offer protection from sexually transmitted infections, and only a condom (barrier method) can provide that.
The other precaution is that this should not be taken when you are pregnant or planning pregnancy. Although this drug has not shown any major side effects in the breastfeeding mother or child, it is advisable to take them after consulting your gynecologist.
A change in the pattern of menstrual cycles for up to three cycles is a common occurrence after taking ECP. The period may come in early or be delayed from the expected date. The bleeding following a pill intake is known as withdrawal bleeding. Once the bleeding occurs, it is certain that pregnancy has been prevented. But, if there is a slight delay by up to seven days, it is advisable to test for pregnancy on or after the expected date of menses. If there is a considerable delay (more than seven days since the expected date of menses), it is necessary to consult a specialist to rule out pregnancy as well as other gynecological conditions by means of a pelvic ultrasound or transvaginal scan.
It is necessary to know the difference between withdrawal bleeding and implantation bleeding. Though both can look the same, there are some differences you can look for. Implantation bleeding will appear lighter in color, water-like consistency, more like spotting and no heavy bleeding or any clots can be associated with mild cramps and lasts for merely one to two days. It is always better to consult your gynecologist to get it confirmed.
Although rare, it is possible to still get pregnant after taking the pill. But, it is to be noted that no type of contraception is 100 % effective.
The effectiveness of Unwanted 72 goes down with time as follows:
Do not take Unwanted 72 if:
You are already pregnant.
You are allergic to Levonorgestrel.
You have a history of heart problems.
You are on medication for high blood pressure.
You take other health supplements.
You were diagnosed with breast cancer.
You have suffered a stroke.
You have any genetic disorder related to blood and a lymphatic system like porphyria.
Certain situations are totally out of our hand, and fortunately, we have a solution to them when it comes to pregnancy, unprotected sex, and emergency pills. But, as every coin has two faces, it is always better to have proper knowledge before taking one. And when in doubt, it is always better to consult your gynecologist or general physician to get the required knowledge and with the help of online medical platforms, it has become much more easy and confidential.
Whenever there is a need for emergency contraception after unprotected sexual intercourse, Unwanted 72 is advised. It should be taken one immediately after sexual intercourse and one after 12 hours. But, it actually depends on the combination of pills the woman is taking. Some combinations of medicines should be taken one at the start and one at 12 hours, some combinations of medicines can be taken like two pills immediately after sex, and it does not need the 12th-hour pill. But, in any combination of drugs, it is necessary that the first immediate drug after sexual intercourse must be taken.
No, Unwanted 72 cannot protect the women from getting sexually transmitted diseases like AIDS or HIV. It can only protect women from getting pregnant after unprotected sexual intercourse. If a woman wants to prevent sexually transmitted diseases, it is important to use sexual barriers during sexual intercourse. The most commonly used sexual barrier is condoms. It can be used both by men and women.
An emergency contraceptive pill is used immediately after an event of unprotected sexual intercourse. It can only prevent the woman from getting pregnant. But, the abortion pill is a medicine that is used to terminate pregnancy in a woman who has already had an embryo implanted in her uterus, or in other words, she already has an implanted fetus in her uterus. You should consult your doctor before taking abortion pills.
Yes, Unwanted 72 can be effective if the medicine is taken exactly after the event of unprotected sexual intercourse. It is also known as the morning-after pill. If it is the type of pill that should be taken as two pills, then it should be taken immediately after sexual intercourse. Otherwise, it has to be taken once after sexual intercourse and the other one after 12 hours. It has to be taken as such to be effective infrequent acts of intercourse that have occurred in a short duration of time.
No, in any combination of emergency contraceptives, one pill is not enough to prevent conception or pregnancy. It would always need at least two pills to prevent pregnancy. It should be taken under doctor’s advice. Ask your doctor about the dosage intervals and also know the side effects clearly.
Yes, it bleeds sometimes once the woman takes Unwanted 72. The bleeding could indicate a period or that is a result of the failure of conception or ovulation. However, if abortion tablet is taken after the woman undergoes conception bleeding or spotting, that woman has successfully achieved abortion.
It is medically proven that Unwanted 72 has low failure rates and it is highly effective against pregnancy. The only clue that a morning-after pill or an emergency contraceptive is working is by the help of the woman’s next period. If the next period arrives on its due date correctly, then we can know it's benefits. The pill usually works by delaying ovulation.
The number of Unwanted 72 pills that are usually advised to be taken are two numbers of the drug. Sometimes depending on the type of the drug both can be taken together, and sometimes it can be taken in 12-hour intervals. But if a woman is frequently undergoing unprotected sexual intercourse, then the use of emergency contraceptives is not indicated.
Alcohol intake affects the body in many ways. When alcohol is taken with many other medications, it is known that alcohol affects the metabolism of those medicines. Particularly, the Unwanted 72 or emergency contraceptives have no evidence to prove that the intake of alcohol along with these drugs could reduce the efficacy of these drugs. So, the intake of alcohol while taking this medicine might be quite safe.
The effects of the medicine Unwanted 72 last up to three days. In these three days, the drug prevents conception in the reproductive-aged female who has undergone unprotected sexual intercourse. You should check with your doctor regarding the usage of these drugs.
If Unwanted 72 is not taken more than twice by a woman, it does not have any effect on the future pregnancies of that woman. However, the woman who takes these pills will have a major effect on their menstrual cycle. It gets disrupted or gets irregular by the pill. The other effects on the pill will be nausea, vomiting, and breast discomfort. The reason behind all these effects is a large number of hormones like estrogen and progesterone are involved in these pills.
The Unwanted 72 tablet has a hormonal combination known as Levonorgestrel. The main activity of the tablet is to delay or prevent ovulation so that the sperm that enters the uterus during unprotected sexual intercourse has no ovum available to start the process of conception. It usually takes 72 hours after the event of unprotected sexual intercourse for its successful effect on the woman’s body.
It is safe if Unwanted 72 or the levonorgestrel pills are used more than once in a month, but it is not suggested for any woman to use it as a permanent contraceptive method because it may leave some side effects on the menstrual cycle. It is not good for any woman. There are many other available modes of contraception that are used by reproductive-aged women. The other modes are quite safe and it can be used for the long term also.
The first tablet is consumed within 72 hours after unprotected sex. After taking the first tablet, the next pill must be taken after 12 hours. This is the protocol to be followed for Unwanted 72.
After unprotected sex, consume the tablet as soon as possible. It can be taken before or after food. The medication works better if the first tablet consumed within 72 hours after unprotected sex. If the consumer vomits within two hours after taking the drug, it is recommended to contact the doctor or health care advisor regarding the dosage level.
Unwanted 72 pill is available as a set of two, which is consumed within 72 hours after unprotected sex. The effectiveness and success rate of this medication is ninety percent by preventing pregnancy. But, the failure rate is up to ten percent who are at risk of attaining pregnancy.
Yes, even during breastfeeding or not, Unwanted 72 pills can be consumed, and it will work effectively by preventing pregnancy. Probably, this action won’t affect the quality or quantity of the milk that the breasts are producing.
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