Emergency Protection (Postcoital Contraception)

After unprotected sexual intercourse, emergency protection may be needed. Condom may break, slip off. IUD (spiral) may slip off or fall. If a diaphragm is used, it may slip out of place. Involuntary sexual intercourse may be experienced; in such events, emergency protection method is applied on condition that to be within 72 hours. If emergency protection is applied within 12 hours, its efficiency increases.

Methods used may be unable to achieve a 100% protection. Those who apply emergency protection method are suggested to definitely do a pregnancy test 1 month later. In the past, high-dose hormone medications were used but they are not recommended anymore because of side effects. Within the first 5-7 days following ovulation after unprotected intercourse, IUD with copper and small IUD (spiral) are used lesser frequently. It does not prevent sexually transmitted diseases. Sometimes RU-486 (anti-progesterone) may be used.

Our suggestion for you: use NORLEVO or PREVEN called morning-after pill. It is used within the first 72 hours after an unprotected intercourse. If NORLEVO (contains 750 mcg levonorgestrel. 2 pills are found in it) is used, 2 pills are received within the first 12 hours. If PREVEN (has 4 tablets, contains levonorgestrel and ethinyl estradiol. Pregnancy test is found in the set) is used, 2 pills are received within the first 12 hours, and then 2 pills more are received 12 hours later. If there is too much nausea, antiemetic medicine can be given along with.

If vomiting is within 3 hours, dose may be needed to repeat. While using medicine, nausea, breast tenderness, and pain are seen as side effects. Emergency protection method is used for once. If you are breastfeeding, first breastfeed your baby, then take your medicine and do not breastfeed your baby for 6 hours. Emergency protection methods do not prevent a formed pregnancy. You can get information about absolute protection methods and emergency protection methods.