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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Will withdrawal bleeding occur in the form of clots?

Query: Hello doctor, My partner and I had protected sex on the 15th of this month, but I cummed in the condom but kept going. Not taking any chances she took a pill on the 18th. From the next day after taking the pill she had light bleeding in the form of blood clots and also experienced abdominal pain. Th...  Read Full »


Dr. Jimesh H Mavani

General Practitioner, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If you had protected sex then she should not be pregnant. Do one urine pregnancy test for confirmation. Abdominal pain can also be due to stomach infection or kidney stones. Do drink more water. Eat healthy and less oily food. If not decreasing then she will require an...  Read Full »

How does taking excess Plan-B pills and progesterone-only pills affect reproductive health?

Query: Hello doctor, I am concerned about my reproductive health. Due to poor planning, I ended up taking the next choice (generic Plan B) pill three times within two weeks period. After the third time, I have had mild cramping and spotting every day for two weeks straight now. I am very concerned that...  Read Full »


Dr. Jimesh H Mavani

General Practitioner, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Plan B is emergency pills and there are only study about once in a month. There is no study about its effectiveness more than that. And three times in a week is high number. So you cannot say whether it is working or not. And you are taking progesterone-only pills afte...  Read Full »

My period is late. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 33 years. I had emergency contraceptive pill last month and got my periods 39 days back for four days duration. But, this month still did not get my periods as expected. We had sex, but there was no ejaculation or precum discharge. So, we decided not to take any pill. Now, I have ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sanjay Kumar Bhattacharyya

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have taken an emergency pill three months back and there was period last month. You had sexual exposures in the end of last month. Now, probability is, it could be due to the effect of the emergency pill. Being itself a hormone in high dosage, it could bring a havoc c...  Read Full »

Does I-pill affect periods?

Query: Hello doctor, I got my periods exactly one month back. I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend seven days back. I had one I-pill after two days at lunch time. My periods are regular. Will the tablet consumption affect my periods? Is there any possibility for pregnancy? Kindly help me.  Read Full »


Dr. Radhakrishnan Nair B

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Sexologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Hope your periods are regular of around 28 to 30 days. In that case nothing to worry as you had sex very much after ovulation period. And no need of I-pill also. You should not be taking I-pill frequently. It is an emergency contraceptive pill. For further doub...  Read Full »

What are the side effects of taking 12 I-pills in eight months?

Query: Hi doctor, I would like to ask you a few things related to I-pill. Two years, I have taken around 10 to 12 I-pill tablets in eight months, Again I had two tablets last year. What will be the side effect in future? I do not have any complaints rather than weight gain. I was 53 kg before and now I am ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sanjay Kumar Bhattacharyya

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. An I-pill contains high amount of hormone for contraceptive purpose. I-pill designated as emergency contraception, which means only to be used after an unaccustomed exposure. Then, definitely there will be problem if you take so much high hormonal pills in such a sm...  Read Full »

Is bleeding a side effect of I-pill?

Query: Hello doctor, I had unprotected sex with my husband 17 days back. I took I-pill within three to four hours. Two days later I again took I-pill. My last period was 23 days ago. Now, since two days I am having slight bleeding of brownish red color and cramps too. I usually have cramps during my per...  Read Full »


Dr. Radhakrishnan Nair B

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Sexologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Since your last period was 23 days back, no need to take I-pill at all, as you were on safe zone if your periods are regular. You took unnecessarily one more I-pill again. Please try to understand that I-pill is an emergency contraceptive pill and not a routine pill...  Read Full »

What are the chances of pregnancy by having sex after four days of periods?

Query: Hi doctor, We had sex after four days of her period. What is the chance of pregnancy?  Read Full »


Dr. Richa Agarwal

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The chance of pregnancy usually depends upon menstrual cycle and period flow days. Usually ovulation occurs 14 days before next period date. That is 8th to 16th day of menstrual cycle are the most fertile days. If you had sex four to five days before and t...  Read Full »

What will be the effect of i-pill in accidental pregnancy post i-pill intake?

Query: Hi doctor,I have taken i-pill (72 hours) within 18 hours of intercourse but still, I got pregnant. Will it cause any bad effect on the baby during pregnancy or after delivery? Can I continue this pregnancy?  Read Full »


Dr. Deepti Kurmi

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Generally, i-pill (emergency contraceptive pill) does not cause any serious effects on pregnancy. But, you need to follow up with sonography at 11 weeks and double market test at 11-12 weeks to make sure that everything is fine.  Read Full »

Can steroids affect sperm motility?

Query: Hi doctor, I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend who is on steroids. I read that steroids will make sperm weak swimmers. Is that true? Also, after the unprotected sex I took Plan B One-Step immediately. What is the possibility of getting pregnant? What are the early symptoms of pregnancy? And whe...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Criticalcare Physician, Diabetologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Medical Gastroenterologist, Nephrologist, Pulmonologist, Rheumatologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. We are here to help you. Steroids do not make sperm weak. This is always a debatable issue. However, never been proved. If you have taken Plan B (emergency contraceptive pill) within 12 hours of intercourse the chance of getting pregnant is almost nil. However, ...  Read Full »

What is the chance of getting pregnant with precum while ovulating?

Query: Hello doctor, I and my partner had sex yesterday. We were using condoms but he had changed the condom three times already. On the last one, he took it out because he felt like he needed to ejaculate but it went away after he had pulled out. He then asked me to masturbate him and he ejaculated a lit...  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Family Physician, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Infertility Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You are right to state that if the condom was torn, there may have been some precum gone inside the vagina and even that can make you pregnant unless your partner is absolutely sure about it. You can choose to take the emergency contraceptive pill within 72 hours of...  Read Full »

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