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Emergency Contraception

The methods of preventing pregnancy after unprotected sex is known as emergency contraception. Emergency contraception can be achieved by using hormonal pills (emergency contraceptive pills) or copper-bearing intrauterine devices (IUD). They delay or inhibit ovulation, and should be used within 72 hours of unprotected sex.

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After taking Unwanted-72, I have light bleeding. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I took an unwanted 72 after almost one week since my periods ended. I started bleeding on the same date, but I am not bleeding properly. Extremely low bleeding and does not even fill a pad. And it is been six days, but I am still bleeding very lightly. I am very worried. Please advice.  Read Full »

Dr. Sherif Ashraf Abdelaala Abdelmohsen

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. I hope you find my consultation useful. First and foremost, there is nothing to worry about at all. Unwanted 72 tablets have this side effect of uterine bleeding due to the drug's mechanism of action. Unwanted 72 does its job via changes in y...  Read Full »

Is my prolonged bleeding because of taking tablet Unwanted-72?

Query: Hello doctor, About a month ago, I took a tablet Unwanted 72. I got my periods at the beginning of this month, and the bleeding has not stopped. It is my 12th day. Also, last month I took a tablet Tranostat as I was traveling and wanted to avoid heavy bleeding. Is it normal to bleed for days after t...  Read Full »

Dr. Natasha Bansal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern and would be happy to help. As tablet Unwanted 72 (Levonorgestrel) is a hormonal pill, it can lead to irregular menstrual cycles for a month or two. This can be the reason for your prolonged bleeding. I suggest you take tablet Tranexa 500 m...  Read Full »

Should I repeat tablet Unwanted-72 after 12 hours to avoid pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a query about the dosage of tablet Unwanted-72 for a 19-year-old girl. During deep penetration, the condom broke in. After the failure of the condom, I took the tablet Unwanted-72 immediately. Do I need to repeat the tablet within 12 hours? I took the tablet twice last time when t...  Read Full »

Dr. Poonguzhali Liston

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Tablet Unwanted-72 is a single dose medication that must be taken within 72 hours of unprotected intercourse or contraception failure irrespective of age, weight, or day of the menstrual cycle. The tablet Unwanted-72 acts by causing hormon...  Read Full »

I had four Yasmin pills after unprotected sex. Am I safe from unwanted pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, I had unprotected sex, and I am not sure whether we did an ejaculation or not. Suddenly, I took four Yasmin pills on the spot today. Am I safe from unwanted pregnancy? I need your urgent advice. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You are trying the Yuzpe method. In this, a woman uses birth control pills as emergency contraception (EC) every day. By combining pills in a specific order, the estrogen and progestin present in those pills work to prevent an unplanned pregnancy before it starts. This ...  Read Full »

I have not got withdrawal bleeding after taking Unwanted 72. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I had unprotected sex 15 days after my last menstrual period and took Unwanted 72 after seven hours. Till now did not experience any bleeding. What are the chances of pregnancy and when should I conduct a pregnancy test?  Read Full »

Dr. Naik Sharmila Shashikant

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As you have taken Unwanted 72 within seven hours there are no chances of pregnancy. This pill does not always result in withdrawal bleeding but can as well delay the periods depending upon which phase the pill has been taken that is the first phase (estrogenic phase) of...  Read Full »

Could light bleeding 21 days after periods indicate pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor,I am experiencing light bleeding with a stringy blood mucus discharge on my 21st day of the menstrual cycle for the past four days. Sometimes the bleeding stops and then restarts. The amount varies, sometimes decreasing and other times increasing. A week before this bleeding started, I ...  Read Full »

Dr. Chibitam Hope Obia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and I am here to assist you. Based on your symptoms, it seems you may have developed a vaginal infection that is occurring alongside your menstrual cycle. I suggest you undergo a high vaginal and endocervical swab test and provide me with the resul...  Read Full »

Will I get pregnant if I take an unwanted 72 pill before sex and the condom broke during sex?

Query: Hi doctor, I had unprotected sex on the 12th day of my menstrual cycle, but I took Unwanted 72. And we had sex again, but the condom broke. Will I get pregnant?  Read Full »

Dr. Sanjay Kumar Bhattacharyya

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is recommended to take Unwanted 72 only after sex. This is a post-coital pill, so you can understand that there is a minimal chance of getting pregnant if you have unprotected sex after taking emergency contraceptive pills. Now, you might ask me how do you know whe...  Read Full »

Will taking a contraceptive pill in a woman with cancer cause serious health problems?

Query: Hello doctor, My friend has stage three esophageal cancer. Her doctor said that she is recovering well. She had unprotected sex with her fiance. She is in a panic now. She has planned to take Unwanted 72 pills to prevent a pregnancy. But my question is, will she have serious health issues if she tak...  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Mittal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have missed mentioning if the patient is currently on treatment or post treatment. If she is on chemotherapy or radiation therapy, she should not get pregnant. But taking contraceptive medicines does not affect cancer in any way. She can take these pills without ...  Read Full »

Will there be withdrawal bleeding if Unwanted 72 is taken for no reason?

Query: Hello doctor, What will happen if someone takes Unwanted 72 without any reason? Will there be any withdrawal bleeding or not? What will be the situation of menses?  Read Full »

Dr. Nadia Khan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Unwanted 72 results in delayed or earlier periods, and also may result in withdrawal bleeding and nothing harmful will happen if someone takes it for no reason. Hope it has helped you. If you require any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.  Read Full »

Can Unwanted 72 be taken after four days of sexual intercourse?

Query: Hello doctor, I had sex with my fiancee on the 11th day of her cycle and only once. Are there any chances of getting pregnant and today is the 4th day. Can she have Unwanted 72? Does that have any effect on her and what is the medication to be followed in case of pregnancy to avoid it?  Read Full »

Dr. Dattaprasad Balasaheb Inamdar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If her cycle is regular of around 28 days, there is 20 to 25 % chance of pregnancy. Unwanted 72 does not work effectively after 72 hours of unprotected sex, so no point in taking it now. If she misses her next period and pregnancy is confirmed, you need to consult a ...  Read Full »

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