EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTIVE PILLS
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
POSTPILL is a contraceptive used to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex. It’s also called an emergency contraceptive but we call it the #aftersexpill.
Common situations that arise for using POSTPILL include, a burst or torn condom, when you forget your contraceptive pills or if you’re not using any contraceptives or to prevent pregnancy after rape.
POSTPILL contains only one easy to swallow tablet. You should take that one tablet within 120 hours (5 days) after sex, but it is more effective if you take it sooner (within 12 hours) because you don’t know if your body is already about to ovulate.
Some women may experience side effects while others will not experience any. Common side effects to expect include:menstrual changes (such as your period coming 1 week late or early), headache, nausea or vomiting, abdominal discomfort and fatigue.
These side effects are temporary and may be gone in a day or two.
N.b: If you vomit within two hours after taking POSTPILL, you will need to take another pill but take it after eating to avoid vomiting again.
OTHER STUFF THAT ARE NICE TO KNOW
POSTPILL works mainly by delaying ovulation (the release of your egg) until the sperm waiting for it have died. Also, it might also try to thicken the mucus at the neck of your womb so sperm cannot swim to your egg.
POSTPILL can be 59%-95% effective depending on how soon it is used after unprotected sex. Using it within the first 12 hours after sex gives you the best chance at pregnancy prevention.
You will know if POSTPILL worked when your next period starts, but it might come at the expected time or one week late
Yes, you will need to take POSTPILL again. Although POSTPILL is recommended for single use, using it more than once even in the same menstrual cycle does not pose any known health risks. However, to increase your chances of successfully preventing pregnancy you should not use POSTPILL as a regular contraceptive method.
Only Once. Because POSTPILL remains in your body for some time after you use it, it does not need to be taken more than once every 24 hours, even if multiple acts of unprotected sex occur within this timeframe.
N.B: If you want to have sex 24hours after using POSTPILL, then use a condom every single time until you see your next period.
No it won’t. All Emergency Contraceptive Pills (including POSTPILL) cannot provide protection against HIV infection (AIDS) and STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections). For protection against STIs and HIV(AIDS), use a condom.
No it cannot. POSTPILL works beforepregnancyhappens, while abortion medicine works after pregnancy starts. POSTPILL is not effective for abortion and it cannot harm or stop your pregnancy.