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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Query: Hi doctor, I am 26 years old. Yesterday I had sex with my husband, but unfortunately precaution was broken. I do not want to get pregnant. What should I do? Please guide me.  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Family Physician, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Infertility Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You may take one i-pill tablet, which is an emergency contraceptive. Take it within 72 hours of intercourse and this shall help to prevent pregnancy. You would get a withdrawal bleed in next five to seven days. For further doubts consult an obstetrician and gynaecologi...  Read Full »

Are brown spotting with cramping and bloating after effects of Plan B pills?

Query: Hello doctor, I took Plan B pills 34 hours after intercourse and one week later I had dark brown spotting. Then, I started having a red bleed during the week of my period, but it was not heavy. Now towards the end of my period, it is very light. I have period cramping and bloating. Is this because ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Family Physician, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Infertility Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have experienced a very normal behavior of bleeding patterns after Plan B usage. The bleeding ideally starts after one week and starts with scanty, then the flow increases and then decreases again. This is a normal endometrium shedding pattern after Plan B. You a...  Read Full »

Is it normal to have bleeding after few hours of taking an i-pill?

Query: Hello doctor, My fiance and I had a kind of unprotected intercourse for the first time for both of us yesterday. I did not ejaculate inside or outside the vagina. During the whole process, she did not bleed. She was not having her monthly periods, and to avoid pregnancy she took an i-pill after few...  Read Full »


Dr. Gowrimeena

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As for the common assumption that women bleed during first sex, it is a myth. Not all women have bleeding that way. Taking an i-pill was a good idea, but it is important to know that it is 95% effective at its best and can cover only one act of sex and can be used o...  Read Full »

Is pregnancy test necessary after taking i-pill within eight hours of unprotected intercourse?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 23 years old. I usually get my periods in 23 days cycle. I had unprotected intercourse on my 24th day. I took an i-pill within eight hours of intercourse. Should I take a pregnancy test? Am I safe?  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Family Physician, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Infertility Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. If your periods did not start by 23rd day, and you had intercourse on the 24th day and took an i-pill after eight hours, then, your cycle would be in the secretory phase, and i-pill would initiate bleeding within 72 hours of intake. If you do not get your periods in ...  Read Full »

Why is my menstrual bleeding dark brown after using Plan B pills for two weeks?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a question about my menstrural cycle. Two to three weeks ago I took a few Plan B pills throughout two weeks. I was supposed to get my period around 15th and it came only two days ago, but it is a dark brown discharge. I took several home tests and they are all negative. I was w...  Read Full »


Dr. Kamalpreet Kaur Nagpal

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Plan B Pills are to be taken only once after unprotected intercourse and not continuously for two weeks. There are different drugs that can be taken for this long, and they do not protect you like this. The brown discharge which you are getting now is probably the w...  Read Full »

Can taking contraceptive pills before sex be effective in preventing pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, How can pregnancy be avoided completely without the help of condoms?  Read Full »


Dr. Megha Tuli Gupta

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Theoretically abstinence is the only way to ensure that one does not get pregnant. However, practically speaking there are many ways to avoid pregnancy. It ranges from using condoms to contraceptive pills to intrauterine devices to achieve longer contraception. ...  Read Full »

What to do if you vomit after taking a birth control pill?

Query: Hello doctor,I am on regular birth control pills and was taking these as usual. I took the seven inactive pills and began taking the active¬†pills. I took it for three nights as per schedule but forgot to take it on the fourth. And I had sex on the same night, with a condom, but there may have been ...  Read Full »


Dr. R Balakrishnan Menon

Infertility Specialist, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. How are you doing? You are absolutely safe and there is no chance of pregnancy. Let me explain. Birth control pills act by creating a continuous constant hormonal level. They prevent the normal hormonal fluctuations. So, ovulation will not occur. Only if you miss tw...  Read Full »

I am on regular pill and had a plan B pill after sex, which I had post 11 days of abortion. Am I safe?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 31-year-old female who just had a surgical abortion. It was my first and only pregnancy. I started taking the pill immediately (the same day as the procedure) and have taken it religiously at the same time daily ever since. I was put on Doxy as an antibiotic to make sure I did n...  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Family Physician, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Infertility Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for the query. Firstly as you had a surgical abortion, it was any way sure that you would not ovulate soon in this cycle and your menses would be delayed. But, you chose to be on the oral contraceptive, which was correct, but at the same time, Doxycycline as ...  Read Full »

Had ECP in the last four months and missed my fifth month period. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 22 years old. And for four months I have had emergency contraceptive pill four times. One in each month after having unprotected sex. I got regular periods for four months after having the medicine. But this is the fifth month in which I have not consumed any pill and still did no...  Read Full »


Dr. Sharmila Naik

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Emergency contraception is not to be taken regularly. There are two phases of the menstrual cycle first 15 days estrogenic phase and second secretory phase. These tablets are high dose hormonal and delay ovulation. So depending upon which phase you took medicine, the...  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 »

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