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Can I get pregnant after taking postinor 2?

pregnant after taking postinor

Postinor 2 is oral hormonal contraception which is cost-effective, easily available over the counter, and high success rate in preventing pregnancy. However, postinor 2 is not your regular contraception. It is emergency contraception. It is taken only following unprotected sexual intercourse or failure of other contraception. The success rate if taken within 72 hours following unprotected sex or failure of contraception is 85%. So, there is still a 15% chance that you get pregnant, and if it is consumed after 72 hours, the chance for you to get pregnant is much more significant.

If you are planning to take emergency contraception, you should continue reading this article for a better understanding of postinor 2 or other forms of emergency contraception. The contents of postinor 2 are levonorgestrel as the active and main ingredient, potato starch, talc, maize starch, lactose monohydrate, silica colloidal anhydrous, magnesium stearate.

Levonorgestrel is a synthetic form of sex hormone which is dominant in females. The consumption of postinor 2 will prevent and stop the fertilization and ovulation. Fertilization and ovulation are part of the reproductive cycle and essential for a female to get pregnant.

 The disadvantages of levonorgestrel are:

  • Only effective if taken within 72 hours
  • Not a form of abortion
  • 15% of failure rate
  • Not suitable for lactose intolerance individuals

 Contraception is also known as birth control. It is a term used to describe a list of interventions that can be done to prevent pregnancy. Contraception is classified as temporary, permanent, and emergency contraception. Temporary contraception means that later, after no longer using the contraceptive method, one can get pregnant. Permanent contraceptives are birth control methods that will prevent you from becoming pregnant permanently.

 The examples of permanent contraceptives methods are:

  • Vasectomy in males
  • Bilateral tubal ligation

 The examples of temporary contraceptives are:

  • Condom
  • Intrauterine device
  • Diaphragm
  • Hormonal contraceptives
  • A natural method like coitus interruptus

 There are certain factors you should consider before selecting a type of contraception. The factors are:

  • How effective the contraceptive method in preventing pregnancy
  • Is it easy or difficult to use
  • The side effects
  • Helps in preventing sexually transmitted infections or not
  • Whether you want to get pregnant again in the future or not
  • The frequency of using or applying the contraceptives
  • The costs

Postinor 2 is also not suitable for lactose intolerance individuals and pregnant ladies. It is not a method of abortion! Postinor 2 also should not be taken by lactating mothers. This medication may alter the regularity of your menses and interfere with your date of ovulation. This medication should be stored below 30 degrees celsius and away from sunlight.

Overdosage of this medication may cause withdrawal bleeding and nausea. Those who are allergic to levonorgestrel or the excipients should not take this medication as a form of emergency contraception. Excipients are the inactive ingredients within a medication which help to stabilize the active ingredient. The excipients as mentioned above are all the contents of postinor 2 except levonorgestrel.

 Other alternatives to levonorgestrel as emergency contraception are:

  1. Ulipristal acetate
  2. Copper intrauterine device (IUD)

Both ulipristal acetate and copper intrauterine device are effective if taken up to 5 days after unprotected sex or fail of barrier contraception. Counseling with a qualified physician is crucial before deciding on which type of contraception. Deciding on the wrong contraceptive will cause you an unwanted pregnancy or at risk of sexually transmitted infections or waste a lot of money unnecessarily.

You should know the symptoms of early pregnancy as there are still possibilities of failed contraception. The symptoms of early pregnancy are:

  • Constipation
  • Nasal congestion
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Breast enlargement
  • Breast tenderness
  • Frequent urination
  • Tiredness or fatigue
  • Uterine discomfort or cramps
  • Bloated abdomen
  • Heartburn
  • Cravings for food or drinks
  • Mood swings
  • Lightheadedness
  • Low back pain
  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • No menses or amenorrhoea

For more information or doubts ask a doctor.