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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Could ECP result in a delayed period?

Query: Hi doctor, Last month, I had unprotected intercourse with my partner and soon after which I took an ECP. Then, 10 to 12 days later I got my period. However, this month they are late by 13 days. But, I am getting lower abdomen cramps. Why is this happening? Could you suggest any medicine?  Read Full »


Dr. Jimesh H Mavani

General Practitioner, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. When you take ECP (emergency contraceptive pill), you are taking hormonal pills, which can interfere with your body's hormonal cycle that is responsible for your normal menstrual cycle. Due to this disturbed cycle, you can have irregular cycle for once or twice and it ...  Read Full »

How does i-pill work to avoid unwanted pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, How does i-pill prevent pregnancy? Does it stop ovulation and fertilization, or does it stop implantation? Also, what is the minimum time in which fertilization happens post-sex?  Read Full »


Dr. Reetika Joshi

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I-pill is an emergency contraceptive pill, and it works in two different ways. If you are in the first half of your ovulation cycle, it prevents the ovaries from releasing eggs. If you are in the second half of your cycle and the egg has already been released, it create...  Read Full »

Does Primolut-N and I-pill, when taken together, delay periods?

Query: Hi doctor,I took Primolut-N for six days as I was going out for the vacation. My boyfriend fingered me and before that he touched his penis. So, we got tensed regarding pregnant. I took an I-pill also within 72 hours. But, I did not get my regular period this time. Am I pregnant?  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Family Physician, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Infertility Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome back to icliniq.com. By taking an I-pill (emergency contraceptive pill - a high dose progesterone), you have further delayed your menses. Otherwise, it would have started within five to eight days after finishing Primolut-N (Norethisterone). Now, you may have to wait another 7 to 10 d...  Read Full »

What are the chances of getting pregnant with unprotected intercourse after the ovulation period?

Query: Hello doctor, I have anxiety, and I think I might get pregnant even though it is not likely. I had unprotected sex yesterday, and it was the 20th day of my cycle. My cycles are usually 28 days long. I had egg white cervical mucus (EWCM) on day 14, and after that, it stopped, which I think means tha...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Andrologist, General Practitioner, Geriatrician, Psychiatrist, Psychologist Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Sexologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. First of all, I like to inform you that for a woman with 28 days regular cycle, the odds of getting pregnant on the 20th day of the cycle is very low, if any. This is because the ovulation occurs on the 14th day before the next cycle, which translates to the 14th d...  Read Full »

I had an i-pill after 5 days of unprotected sex. Am I safe from unwanted pregnancy?

Query: Hi there, I have been on the pill (Levlen) for 7 years now. I finished my withdrawal bleeding last week. Started my new cycle pack before 6 days, the next day I had unprotected sex. I don't remember now which day this I missed 1 pill. but I took 2 pills today for it and am up to date. Am I still pr...  Read Full »


Dr. Reetika Joshi

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: hi dear good evening I fully understand your concern and will surely help you see since you have been so regular and for last 7 years you have been taking the pill so firstly I appreciate that. now coming to your query, since your withdrawal bleeding last week and you had unprotected intercourse...  Read Full »

Is it normal to have period irregularities after contraceptive pill intake?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 26-year-old female. I had unprotected sex with my partner. I immediately took emergency contraceptive pills within three hours of unprotected sex, and 10 days later, I had a period like bleeding, which lasted for five to seven days. I have a period cycle of 30 days. Sometimes e...  Read Full »


Dr. Lorena Zijaj

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The irregular bleeding is caused by a high dose of progesterone in emergency pills. So the fact that you experience bleeding ten days after pills shows that pills have worked. You may experience a delay in period this month.   Read Full »

What does barrier contraception mean?

Query: Hi doctor, I had an I-pill after unprotected sex. We have had unprotected sex again after 72 hours of I-pill intake. Do I need to take second I-pill? Kindly suggest.  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Family Physician, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Infertility Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. No, there is no requirement of repeating the I-pill till 72 hours to 120 hours after the first pill intake. The first pill shall cover up. You may derange the hormonal balance if you take the second pill now. Please practice barrier contraception till you get your with...  Read Full »

Can I get pregnant even after taking an I-pill within one hour after intercourse?

Query: Hi doctor, I had unprotected sex ten days back, and I took I-pill within one hour after intercourse to avoid pregnancy. My last period was 15 days before the intercourse. Six days after the intercourse, I got light bleeding, which is dark brownish, but today it has slightly increased with red blood...  Read Full »


Dr. Uzma Arqam

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Emergency contraceptive pills are hormonal contraceptive pills that interfere with regular periods by inhibiting ovulation and can irregulate periods or can give withdrawal bleed within two weeks of the period. This bleeding is in response to I-pill (Levonorgestrel) that ...  Read Full »

Is vaginal bleeding a side effect of taking I-pill?

Query: Hello doctor, I took an I-pill eight days back (within 72 hours of unprotected sex), but since yesterday I have been experiencing vaginal bleeding, which is slightly on the heavier side though not as much as my regular menses. There is ten days more for my expected period date, which is why I am co...  Read Full »


Dr. Sravanthi Nuthalapati

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It could be a withdrawal bleeding following the emergency contraceptive pill used. A disturbing pattern of bleeding is expected after hormonal withdrawal pills. Here is your case; it is mostly because of the hormonal effect of the emergency contraceptive pill that ha...  Read Full »

Can you miss a period and not necessarily be pregnant?

Query: My periods are irregular since 5 months. I had unprotected intercourse then i had taken ipill. After 6 days, I got a normal bleeding for 5 days. Then I had intercourse protected but even after 38 days i do not get my periods so i checked for serum beta hcg levels it was normal means negative so then...  Read Full »


Dr. Sanya Dhingra

Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello. Greetings from icliniq. I understand your concern. Let me give you some advise regarding contraception first . Always remember to use a barrier like condom during intercourse as it not only prevents pregnancy but also prevents against STD’s. In case you have unprotected intercourse , ...  Read Full »

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