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Does taking contraceptive pills before and after sex avoid pregnancy?

Does taking contraceptive pills before and after sex avoid pregnancy?

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Answered by

Dr. Megha Tuli

Medically reviewed by

iCliniq medical review team

Published At October 30, 2017
Reviewed AtJune 22, 2023

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

How can pregnancy be avoided completely without the help of condoms?

Answered by Dr. Megha Tuli

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. If no method is used and pregnancy is feared, then one can even use emergency contraceptive pills. It has to be used occasionally but definitely not more than once a month.

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

Can I know the contraceptive pill names which could be taken before or after sex? Does taking the pills before sex and after sex reduce the chances completely? Or just one pill is enough? Kindly let me know all the name and its dosages. Please guide.

Answered by Dr. Megha Tuli

Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

You can take Unwanted 72 or I-pill, both before or after sex. They can be effective upto 72 hours. Taking it both before and after intercourse will not increase its effectivity. So, no point taking it twice. One pill should be enough. However, more than once a month is not recommended. In fact one should use these pills only in case of emergency like failure of regular pills or condom breakage. If you intend on having regular sex, it would be better to use regular oral contraceptive pills like Unwanted 21 or Loette once a day daily for 21 days. Start a new pack from second day of next period.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Megha Tuli
Dr. Megha Tuli

Obstetrics and Gynecology

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