HOW TO TAKE POSTINOR?
May I wait 72 hours to take the pill?
Not at all! The sooner the better: The earlier you take the pill, the higher the chance to prevent pregnancy. Some people call emergency contraceptive pills “day after pills”. Well, you don’t have to wait until the day after. You can take POSTINOR Aftersex pill right away or use it up to three days after unprotected sexual intercourse or if you think your birth control method failed.
How to take POSTINOR?
POSTINOR is a single pill solution: only 1 pill, and you can easily avoid abortion. There is 1 pill in the pack. You have to take the POSTINOR pill within 72 hours of having unprotected sex. (For 2 tablets version of POSTINOR: take the second tablet exactly after 12 hours after the first.)
Take it as soon as you can, the sooner the better!
The sooner you take it, the more likely it is to work. Ideally, you should try to take the tablet within 24 hours following unprotected intercourse, as this is when it is most effective.
The efficacy of levonorgestrel Emergency Contraception Pills depend on how many hours have passed since you had unprotected sex.
If you’re worried about the possibility of an unplanned pregnancy, it’s important to act now rather than waiting till later.
When to take and not to take POSTINOR?
POSTINOR morning after pill is currently the safest way to prevent pregnancy after contraception failure or unprotected sexual intercourse, with low incidence of side effects. It is very unlikely that you will have any serious or long term side effects after taking POSTINOR. Usually you can carry on with your day as usual.
Do not take POSTINOR:
If you’re already pregnant, because it won’t work although it will not harm you or your fetus.
If you’re allergic to levonorgestrel or other ingredients in POSTINOR.
POSTINOR won’t protect you from HIV infection (the virus of AIDS) or other sexually transmitted disease (STD).
How often can I take POSTINOR?
It’s not a regular method of contraception. Try to use it rarely, in emergency only. But never forget: it has much less side effects and health risks than abortion pills or hospital abortion.
Generally speaking you should not take it more than once within one menstrual cycle.
If POSTINOR is used more than once in a menstrual cycle, it is more likely to upset your menstrual cycle (period).
POSTINOR does not work as well as regular methods of contraception. Your doctor, practice nurse or family planning clinic can tell you about long-term methods of contraception which are more effective in preventing you from getting pregnant.
If you are pregnant
Emergency pills do not work if you are already pregnant and will not harm an established pregnancy or the baby.
If you think that you are pregnant, see your doctor or family planning clinic as soon as possible.
If you have already taken POSTINOR once since your last period and you now find you are pregnant, do not take POSTINOR again.
What to do if I vomit after taking the pill?
After taking the emergency contraceptive pill, a few women (approximately 1 out of 100) will be sick (vomit).
If you vomit within 3 hours of taking POSTINOR, you need to take another POSTINOR pill. So, go back to your pharmacist, doctor or family planning clinic for another packet.
If you are sick more than 3 hours after you originally took the tablet, you do not need to take POSTINOR again.
How do I know it has worked?
You will know POSTINOR has worked when you have your next period and it seems like a normal period.
When do you have to turn to your doctor?
• If your period is more than 5 days late, or unusually heavy or light.
• If you are still worried that you are pregnant.
• If you have sudden or unusual pain in the lower abdomen and your period is late.
• If you have any concerns about your health or about the methods of contraception that is most suitable for you.
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