Emergency Contraceptive Pill

As the name suggests, the tablets that are used to prevent unwanted pregnancy after unprotected intercourse is called emergency contraceptive pills (ECP). They can be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex. Generally, ECP contains Levonorgestrel or Ulipristal acetate.

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Why am I 13 days late?

Query: I am 21. I am now 13 days late. My periods are usually very consistent and start every 28-29 days. Just after my last period my partner and I had unprotected sex. The following morning I took the morning after pill, and the morning after that we had unprotected sex again. A few days later I experi...  Read Full »


Dr. Sanya Dhingra

Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello. Greetings from icliniq. I understand your concern . I would like to tell you that after taking emergency contraceptives , it is possible that your periods may be delayed and irregular . Slight bleeding as you mentioned is also possible . Also the urine pregnancy test is negative , so i woul...  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 »

Should my fiancee consume a contraceptive pill in case she misses her period?

Query: Hi doctor, My fiancee and I had sex this weekend. It was unprotected and I ejaculated inside. We had sex during her safe days. She is expecting her periods in a day or two. Can there be any chance of delay in her periods? Can she consume a contraceptive pill within 72 hours and avoid pregnancy? I ha...  Read Full »


Dr. Aparna M Sathawane

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Childbirth Educator, Infertility Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. If she is getting regular 30 days period cycle and you had intercourse after the 20th day of her period then there are no chances of pregnancy. Also, no need to take any contraceptive pill as her periods are due in two to three days. The period can delay because of ...  Read Full »

Does I-pill make periods irregular?

Query: Good Evening, ~I took the pill on 7th of this monthi.e. 2 days after having sex (it was the first time though), i read somewhere that the symptoms persist for at least 7 days after taking the pill. During this time, i had severe itching which is now a lot better. it's almost gone. ~ I had a lot of...  Read Full »


Dr. Deepika Joshi Khare

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: hello. 1. As you have mentioned that you already have prolonged cycles of around two month then the best thing is to wait for your period for a week and if you don't get your periods by 20th then do a pregnancy test at home to rule out pregnancy . Since you had your last intercourse on 5 th it usua...  Read Full »

Is I-pill safe while breastfeeding?

Query: Hi doctor, Is I-pill safe while breastfeeding? If not, then what are the alternative measures?  Read Full »


Dr. Meeta Airen

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, if you want to use it as an emergency contraceptive, then it is safe during breastfeeding. You can take, but the best contraceptive during breastfeeding is copper-T insertion (intrauterine contraceptive device). For further information consult an obstetrician and gy...  Read Full »

What is the best method to avoid pregnancy if I missed using a condom?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 28 year old male and my partner is a 22 year old female. If I skipped using a condom during sex, what is the best option to avoid pregnancy? Also, please mention the side effects of the medicine.  Read Full »


Dr. Sahana Rao

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. After unprotected sex, to avoid pregnancy, taking an emergency pill such as I-pill is the best method. I-pill 1.5 mg should be taken as early as possible after the act. It is an emergency contraceptive and is highly effective if taken within 12 hours, but it can be...  Read Full »

I have brown spotting after taking I-pill. Is it my period?

Query: Hello doctor, I took an I-pill at 12 hours post intercourse 10 days ago. Now, I just see a minor brown spotting. My period is due. I am unsure if the brown spotting is my period. Or am I pregnant?  Read Full »


Dr. Sujata Mittal

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com You have missed mentioning the date of your last periods. Nevertheless, there are fewer chances that you will get pregnant. If your periods are delayed by two to three days, please get beta hCG (beta-human chorionic gonadotropin) to rule out pregnancy. Please try to us...  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 prolonged brown vaginal discharge after taking emergency contraceptive normal?

Query: I took choice 1500 on the 19th of last month, just on the day of intercourse...and after about 9/10 days i started getting brown vaginal discharge and cramps, and discharge is not that excessive though, but it's been 9/10 days..i am still discharging and...my last period date was 13th of last month....  Read Full »


Dr. Priyadarshini Tripathy

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello. Thanks for reaching out. I am happy to help you! Let me start by giving a few basic facts about the period. Usually, ovulation occurs on the 12th to the 16th day of periods, and the ‘fertile window’ is the day an egg is released from the ovary (ovulation) and the five days befo...  Read Full »

I bled heavily with clots and feel nauseous. Is this due to miscarriage or Plan B pills?

Query: Hello doctor, I am not sure if I have a miscarriage, but I had sex a week ago. But I just finished my period a day before I had sex. I have a heavy flow, blood clot, and feel nausea. I am not sure if it was due to Plan B I took within 24 hours of having unprotected sex that cause irregular flow. Bu...  Read Full »


Dr. Sravanthi Nuthalapati

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Plan B constitutes high dose progesterone hormones, so it can cause symptoms like nausea and vomiting as a side effect and also at times can cause delayed cycles or sudden withdrawal bleed after a few days of taking it. So most like this could be a withdrawal bleed o...  Read Full »

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