Written by Dr. Sangamithra, MBBS | 

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Ramya Ananthakrishnan, MD Dr. Simi Paknikar on Jul 27, 2020

Emergency contraception or Post-coital Contraception

Emergency contraceptives are used to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sexual intercourse. It should be used within three days after the intercourse.

Emergency contraception is otherwise called as Post-coital contraception. The alternative names such as morning after contraception or the morning after pill are very misleading because emergency contraception can be used before the morning, after the morning or up to three days after the intercourse but it is very effective when taken within 24-48 hrs. It is a method of preventing pregnancy after unprotected sexual intercourse. It usually produces a sudden burst of hormones in the body and upsets the normal hormone pathway required for pregnancy. It is used as the first line of treatment for sexual assault victims. It is available without a prescription. It is available as a single dose or split into 2 doses taken 12 hours apart within 72 hours of sexual intercourse.


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sheena_hines Monday, July 21, 2014

What are the side effects of taking contraceptive pills? Do all women who take this pills face the side effects? Is there any way to avoid this side effects?

yogendra1993 Wednesday, March 26, 2014

i had sex on 3rd day of menstrual cycle. and it did not occur again after 35 day. can i pregnant.

Chinni123 Friday, March 21, 2014

What happens when virgin takes M-pill, not knowing that she is a virgin? Anything serious happens?

vkgtss61 Wednesday, September 4, 2013

my wife mensus was on 5th aug we had sex on 18th how to control birth

aisha786 Friday, August 30, 2013

i am 17 years old. i had sex before 2 months and i takes i-pill after 2 month.can i be pregnent.

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