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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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When should I expect my next periods after taking ECP?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 32 year old female. I have a regular menstrual cycle, and I get my periods on the fifth of every month. Last month on the eighth, I had unprotected sex with my fiance. I took Unwanted 72 (ECP) within an hour. As I took an ECP, when should I expect my next bleeding? Is there any cha...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As you had sex on the third day of your cycle, it was the safe period, so the chances of pregnancy are minimal. As you have taken Unwanted 72 for double protection, you should ideally get a withdrawal bleeding the next 7 to 10 days. You can actually wait for another ...  Read Full »

I took an ECP seven days ago. Can I take another one now?

Query: Hello doctor,I took ECP seven days ago, on the fifth day of my period. No side effects till now, but there has been withdrawal bleeding happening for the last three days. It has become light now. Accidentally, an unprotected penis with semen rubbed my vagina. It happened again 32 hours ago. Can I ta...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As you are in the midst of your withdrawal bleeding, and the endometrial lining is being shed, there is no need to take a repeat ECP (emergency contraceptive pill) if you have accidentally had unprotected intercourse. There are no chances of pregnancy at all during bl...  Read Full »

Had sex two days before ovulation. Can I get pregnant?

Query: Hi doctor, I had unprotected withdrawal method sex two days before ovulation and had one I-pill within 30 hours. Today, I am experiencing period like cramps from morning. I just saw some spotting which may or may not be my early period. I am regular in my periods. My last period was on 12th of last ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to This is not an implantation bleed or spotting at all, instead it is the initiation of a withdrawal bleed which is natural to occur after taking an emergency contraceptive pill like I-pill. The withdrawal bleeding is initiated within next 7-10 days after the pill and this...  Read Full »

I interchanged my birth control pills. Please suggest.

Query: Hi doctor, I am 18 years old. Currently, I am taking Viorele 28 day birth control. I mixed up my third week's pills. I had the Saturday's pill on Friday and Friday's pill on Saturday. I had unprotected sex last night, and I was wondering if I should take Plan B today. The pill which I had earlier wa...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There is no apparent need to be worried or to take a Plan B (emergency contraception) simply because Viorele 28 is a 26 active pill and 2 placebo pill pack. So, you have interchanged active pills, which have the same hormonal content. As you have taken them on time...  Read Full »

I experienced bleeding after taking the emergency pill. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been using birth control pill (Crisanta LS) from last 2.5 years.This month I started on 13, and I doubt I missed 1 or 2. After 13 days of starting the pill, had safe sex with a condom, but we doubt that it broke. To be safe, I took two doses of Unwanted 72 the next day and stopped ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to What you experienced was a withdrawal bleed following Unwanted 72 (emergency contraceptive pill), which occurs in 7 to 10 days post emergency pill intake. So, it is normal. There is no pregnancy at all, as is confirmed in the ultrasound pelvis with ET being 4 mm. ET ...  Read Full »

I am 21 years old. Can I take contraceptives?

Query: Hello doctor, Can a contraceptive pill be taken at 21 years of age?  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yes, contraceptive pill can be taken at 21 years of age. In fact, it can be started since the woman becomes sexually active after the onset of menses. If your concern is emergency contraceptive, which is to be taken within 72 hours of intercourse, it can also be taken...  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

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 wit...  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 pregnancy. 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

Answer: Hello, Welcome back to 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 ...  Read Full »

We had protected sex and I did not ejaculate but I have concerns about the precum. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I had sex with my girlfriend and used a condom for most of the time. I did not ejaculate as well but we have a doubt about precum and we do not want to take any risk. What should we prefer just to make sure that she does not get pregnant? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If your concern is about the precum (which is known to contain live sperms) then to avoid unplanned pregnancy you can ask her to take an emergency contraceptive pill like an I-pill which can be taken within 72 hours post intercourse. It has a 99 % success rate. I ho...  Read Full »

Is it necessary to take tablet I-pill for contraception while taking tablet Ovral-L already?

Query: Hello doctor, I am taking tablet Ovral-L for the last five months. My previous course of medication started in the middle of the last month and continued to the first week of this month. I got my periods ten days ago. I started the next course on the second day of my period. I have had protected i...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Firstly as you were on tablet Ovral-L (Ethinyl Estradiol and Levonorgestrel) from the second day of your period, there is no need for an I-pill (Levonorgestrel). I-pill would cause a change in progesterone levels and initiate a withdrawal in the next few days. Yo...  Read Full »

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