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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What are the chances of pregnancy after withdrawal bleeding?

Query: Hello doctor, My fiancee and I had unprotected sex last week, and she took an I-pill within six hours of the intercourse. She got withdrawal bleeding or spotting today. Is there any chance of her getting pregnant? I was just worried. Please respond as soon as possible.  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Verma

Fetal Medicine Specialist, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your question and understood the concerns. I-pill when taken within 24 hours of unprotected intercourse, prevents pregnancy in 95 to 98 % cases. She is having withdrawal bleeding due to the hormonal effect of the pill. There is nothing t...  Read Full »

Can vitamin C induce periods?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 24 year old female. I am approximately 95 kg weight. I am in need of emergency contraception due to failed birth control. I will be ovulating tomorrow, so I am at a high risk of unwanted pregnancy. I obtained and took a 1.5 mg dose of Levonorgestrel (Plan B pill); however I have...  Read Full »

Dr. Sanjay Kumar Bhattacharyya

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Strictly speaking, vitamin C rarely can do so as evidenced in the history of medicine. These are myths and not true reality. As you are 95 kg, there is a very rare chance of failure of emergency contraceptive pills in this weight. Otherwise, do another option. You can ...  Read Full »

How to take Plan B if you are allergic to Levonorgestrel?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 20 year old female, who weighs 140 lbs and 5.6 feet tall. I am allergic to Levonorgestrel, and I want to take Plan B. What will happen if I do take it? I developed a rash in high school after using pure Progesterone cream.  Read Full »

Dr. Naval Mendiratta


Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Well, with drugs it is always hard to say which one will cause allergy and when. One can never predict. Since you already had an allergic reaction to pure Progesterone cream, it is a tough call. But the creams usually have a lot of ingredients apart from the drug to k...  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

Family Physician, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Infertility Specialist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »

Should I take an emergency pill if I only had foreplay?

Query: Hello doctor, I had foreplay with my partner yesterday. We both were having some fun. He actually inserted a finger into my vagina though not deep. He was not sure if he had touched his precum or not. Also, his penis touched my vagina two to three times though he never inserted. Should I take an I-p...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Rheumatologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your post. It is highly unlikely that the insertion of the finger can result in pregnancy even if it was contaminated with precum because precum does not contain sperm. So, I do not think you need to take an emergency contraceptive pill. For more inform...  Read Full »

Is period change normal after an I-pill?

Query: Hello doctor, I had unprotected sex with my fiancee twice this month. She took one I-pill the first time and another I-pill just before she was going to have her periods. Now, she has her periods. But, she did not bleed on the first day. On the second day, there was normal colored blood, but the qua...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Udey

Geriatrician, Psychiatrist, Sexologist, Sleep Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is normal to have some bright red bleeding after taking too many I-pills. Usually, I-pill should be taken within 24 to 72 hours of unprotected coitus. That will prevent any conception by preventing the ovulation. So, if there is no ovulation, there will be no uterin...  Read Full »

I avoid sex as I absolutely do not want to get pregnant again. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 34 year old female. I do not like sex because I am always worried that my partner will ejaculate inside me. He does not like using a condom. We always end up fighting during sex, as I ask him to use a condom and he does not want to. We have a son aged 9 years and I do not want a...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepika Joshi Khare

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Firstly, do not take Unwanted 72  very often. Any emergency contraceptive pill has several adverse effects. There are many options like the intrauterine copper device or oral cyclical pills which you can consider. For more information consult an obstetrician and gynae...  Read Full »

I took three I-pills within two weeks. Will it have any side effects?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 22 year old woman. I took three I-pill tablets within two weeks. Will it have any side effects? Are my chances of pregnancy low? Also, I have polycystic ovaries. Waiting for your answer.  Read Full »

Dr. Purushottam Sah

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Sexologist, Andrologist, Infertility Specialist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I-pill should not be taken more than once in a cycle. If you need to take it three times within two weeks, then it is better to take regular contraceptive pills for three weeks and repeat after a week gap. It will treat your polycystic disease and prevent pregnancy. ...  Read Full »

Can I take an emergency pill if I am taking medicines for PCOD?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 25 year old female, diagnosed with PCOD. Since last week, I am taking tablet Normoz for that. I had unprotected sex today, that is, on the 14th day of my menstrual cycle. I took the Unwanted-72 pill within one hour. What are the chances of conceiving? Can I get pregnant? Plea...  Read Full »

Dr. Richa Agarwal

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your history and understand your concerns. As you took Unwanted-72 within one hour of unprotected sex, the chance of pregnancy is almost nil. So, wait and watch for your menses. Hope you found this useful. Good luck. For more information consult an ...  Read Full »

My periods are late by 4 to 5 days. Should I take any medicines to get periods?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 24 years old female. I have some issues regarding my menses. Last month, I took Unwanted 72 on the 19th, and I got my periods on the 26th. I had sex again on the ninth of this month, but I did not get my periods yet. So, I did home pregnancy tests, and the results were negative...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Deshwal

General Medicine Physician, HIV AIDS Specialist, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Whenever you take emergency pills, the next 1 to 2 cycles are bound to become awry. Just relax, but also keep a tab on your conception by getting a pregnancy check done after a week to ten days. Best wishes. For more information consult an internal medicine physician onli...  Read Full »

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