Emergency contraception is also known as “Plan B” or “the morning-after pill” because it is taken after sexual intercourse, especially if other methods failed, or you were made to have sex against your will or you forgot to use other forms of birth control.
However, it is not as effective as the other methods used before or during sexual intercourse.
There are actually 2 basic options for emergency contraception.
1. The copper-t intra uterine device (IUD)
2. The pill
The Copper-T Intra Uterine Device (IUD)
This is not very popular but it is more effective, preventing pregnancy in up to 99% of cases and lasts up to 10 years. Go to a regular or family planning clinic and ask about it.
the pill is very popular. Almost everyone knows “postinor 2.” It is the brand that is popular in Nigeria but there are many other variants.
- Postinor 2
This works by releasing hormones that deceive your body into believing you’re already pregnant, thereby preventing the release of an egg, fertilization of the egg or implantation of a fertilized egg.
99% of emergency contraception pills are sold over the counter and you do not need a doctor’s prescription to buy.
However, you must take the pills correctly.
1. Make sure you take it within the first three to 5 days after intercourse. The more you delay, the less likely it is that the drug will work
2. Read the label. There are different brands with different instructions on how to take the tablets. Some packs come as a single dose tablet while others have to be taken more than once. pay attention.
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This usually comes as two tablets in a pack.
Take the first tablet immediately and the second tablet 12 hours after.
You do not need to take it with alcohol or other concoctions. you do not need more tablets.
Do not take postinor-2 more than 2-3 times in one month. Ideally, it should be taken once.
Learn to use other methods of contraception.
The more you take it, the less likely it is to be effective.
Please note that postinor-2 is more effective than postinor-1.
NOTE: emergency contraception will not protect you against sexually transmitted diseases.