What is Emergency Contraceptive?

  • Emergency contraceptive (EC) is a means of preventing pregnancy after unprotected sex or sexual assault.
  • It prevents pregnancy by preventing or delaying ovulation and they do not induce an abortion.
  • It is sometimes referred to as the “morning-after pill” or “postcoital oral contraceptives”.
  • It is recommended to use within 5 days and most effective when taken within 12 hours of unprotected sex.
  • It cannot interrupt an established pregnancy or harm a developing embryo and offers noContraceptives protection against STIs including HIV.

Who can use?

  • Any woman or girl of reproductive age may need emergency contraceptive to avoid an unwanted pregnancy.
  • Choice of emergency contraceptive is offered after taking a brief menstrual history.
  • Adolescent girls who have attained menarche and have had consensual or nonconsensual unprotected sexual intercourse can be given emergency contraceptive.
  • Pregnancy has to be ruled out before administration of emergency contraceptives.
  • Emergency contraceptive is effective up to 120 hours (five days) after unprotected sex.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SAFE EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTIVE UPTO FIVE DAYS OF ACT (120 HRS) PLEASE CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR.

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