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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How effective is Plan B if taken less than an hour after sex?

Query: Hello doctor, How effective is Plan B one step if taken less than an hour after sex? The condom broke and we also used vaginal contraceptive film with the condom.  Read Full »


Dr. Eeshani Dutta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Emergency contraceptives either work by preventing or delaying ovulation or implantation of a fertilized egg. So, it depends on how early is it taken after unprotected intercourse, or what period of the cycle is it taken. Vomiting, diarrhea, some medicines do affect the...  Read Full »

Why am I not getting period after taking Unwanted 72?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 24 years old and my height is 5'2" and weight is approximately 48 kg. I had my last period on the third of last month and it lasted for seven days. I had intercourse on the first of the same month and took Unwanted 72 on the same day but now I am not getting my periods. I have te...  Read Full »


Dr. Eeshani Dutta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per your query, you had bleeding for two days after taking Unwanted 72, so there is definitely no chance of pregnancy in the first place, also proved by the negative pregnancy test. So relax. After such pills, the next 1 to 2 cycles are a bit irregular. Please also try...  Read Full »

I took emergency contraceptive pills after unprotected sex. Am I safe?

Query: Hello doctor,I have had unprotected sex. I took Plan B (72 hours) pill almost right after, four hours later. I consulted with the pharmacist on the phone but she sounded careless and told me it was safe to use. I am too young. The main question is I do not know if I should even call this vaginal sex...  Read Full »


Dr. Eeshani Dutta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Plan B is an emergency contraceptive to be taken in case of male ejaculation inside vagina. If you have already taken the medicine, nothing much can be done right now. I hope you have attained menarche, so then you should get your periods in the next two weeks. The next...  Read Full »

Can I take Microgynon 30 on the first day of my period?

Query: Hi doctor, I took the Ellaone emergency contraceptive pill two days ago and have started my period today. So I would like to start taking the combined contractive pill Microgynon 30 today. Will that be fine? And will it be effective straight away?  Read Full »


Dr. Eeshani Dutta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Ellaone (Ulipristal) stays in the body for around 36 to 72 hours after ingestion. So hormonal oral contraceptives should be started only after five days, to be assured that there is no reduced effect of combined oral contraceptives due to Ulipristal, which is a selectiv...  Read Full »

Had ECP and bleeding heavy from the second day of periods. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I had sex a week prior to my period and took EC pills immediately. I took a blood test the following week and it detected negative. On a day after my period, I woke up with a full pad and the blood was red with little clots and I washed up and changed so the second was almost filled up t...  Read Full »


Dr. Eeshani Dutta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to iclinig.com. Considering your periods to be regular in general, you had intercourse in a safe period. Secondly, you also took an emergency contraceptive pill and took a blood test to rule out pregnancy. There are nil chances of pregnancy. Your heavy periods are due to the EC (which...  Read Full »

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