What to expect after taking I-Pill or Unwanted 72?
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What to expect after taking I-Pill or Unwanted 72?

It was Sara and Jay’s first sexual encounter. Unfortunately, the condom snapped and they found out about it only after the act was done.

Naturally, they were both panicking at the prospect of an unwanted pregnancy. On a friend’s recommendation, Sara took an I-Pill the next morning. But she is not sure what to expect. There are a host of questions on her mind. You have these doubts too? Then here’s a lowdown on what to expect after taking an emergency contraceptive pill like I-Pill or Unwanted 72

How do emergency contraceptive pills work? 

Emergency contraceptive pills such as I-Pill and Unwanted 72 – also known as the morning-after pills – are composed of synthetic hormones  that slow down the ovulation process. In case the ovulation has already occurred at the time of taking the pill, the pills disrupt the fertilisation of the egg by the sperm. 

Should I bleed? 

Yes, you will bleed after taking an emergency contraceptive pill, however, the bleeding does not start immediately. You may experience spotting or withdrawal bleeding within 5 days of taking the pill. 

What about the periods – do they come immediately or can get delayed?

It depends on what stage of your menstrual cycle you’re at when you took the pill. If taken after you’ve ovulated, you can get your period as early as within a week. 

If you take the pill soon after your regular period ended, it may take up to 3 to 4 weeks for bleeding to start. I-Pill or Unwanted 72 can change your menstrual cycle. In some rare cases, the bleeding may even be delayed by up to a week after the date of your last period. However, this is extremely unusual, taking a pregnancy test is recommended if your period is delayed. 

Can you get pregnant even after taking an emergency contraceptive? 

Like any other contraceptive measure, emergency contraceptive pills are not 100% effective. Even when taken in the first 24 hours, these pills have an effectiveness rate of 87 to 90%. When taken after 72 hours, the effectiveness dips to 72 to 87%. 

The later you take the pill, the lower the chances of preventing a pregnancy. Besides, if the egg has already been fertilised by the time you take the pill, it may not work at all, as its function is to prevent pregnancy and not induce a miscarriage.  

I took Unwanted 72 after 3 hours of sex – Can I have unprotected sex again for the next 72 hours? 

No, emergency contraceptive pills, be it Unwanted 72 or I-Pill, only work after the intercourse. This means having unprotected sex within 72 hours of taking the pill does not automatically eliminate the risk of pregnancy. If you do have unprotected sex in this window, you will have to take another pill to avoid getting pregnant. Or better, use a condom. 

How long will it take for my periods to become regular?

Your period will regularise within a month. However, the pill may alter your menstrual cycle, which means the date of your new period will be calculated from the day of withdrawal bleeding and not your last menstrual period (LMP). 

What are the side effects of emergency contraceptive pills? 

There are no serious long-term side effects if you take the emergency contraceptive pill as a last resort and infrequently. However, most women experience some short-term side-effects such as: 

  • Stomach cramps 
  • Backache 
  • Soreness in breasts and thighs 
  • Nausea 
  • headaches
  • In rare cases, it can cause loose motions and vomiting too 

Under what circumstance should I take I-Pill or Unwanted 72? 

Of course, if you’ve had unprotected sex (consensual or otherwise), you must take an emergency contraceptive as early as possible. In addition to this, taking the pill is recommended if: 

  • The condom you or your partner was using ruptured during intercourse 
  • You didn’t use your primary protection correctly 
  • You have missed more than 3 doses of your birth control pill 
  • Suspect that your contraceptive injection or implant may no longer be effective 
  • Your partner didn’t withdraw in time 

On the other hand, this pill must be avoided if you: 

  • Know or suspect that you’re already pregnant 
  • Have known allergies to any of the components of the pill
  • Have been advised against using hormone-based medication in the past 
  • Are on medicines that can interact with the ingredients of the morning-after-pill. This includes medication for asthma, tuberculosis, HIV, epilepsy as well as antibiotics such as rifabutin and rifampicin

Most importantly, remember that I-Pill or Unwanted 72 is NOT a primary contraceptive method. If you are sexually active, consult your ob/gyn about your birth control options. Condoms are known to be the safest bet, as they not only cut the risk of unwanted pregnancies but also safeguard against sexually transmitted infections and diseases

To protect the identity, the person in the picture is a model and names have been changed. 

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Mujhe ye janna hai ke jab pehla intercourse hota hai to hymen break hota hai to kaise pata kare ke hamara hymen puri tarikese break hua ya nahi
Dekhiye bete aisa bilkul zaruri nahi hai ki first time intercourse ke dauran hi hymen break ho kyunki hymen, kisi bhi cheez se toot sakta hai… tez khel, daudna, poncha karna vigerah ya kai baar janm se hee hymen nahi hota hai. Ise padhiye: https://lovematters.in/hi/resource/faqs-hymen-and-virginity https://lovematters.in/hi/making-love/virginity/female-virginity-top-five-facts Yadi aap is mudde par humse aur gehri charcha mein judna chahte hain to hamare discussion board “Just Poocho” mein zaroor shamil ho! https://lovematters.in/en/forum
Muja yah Janna tha ki first intercourse ka time male agar vagina ka bahar relase karda sperm but vagina ka near kya pregnancy hona ka chance ha or kya I pill lena ki jarrurat ha ..
Dekhiye bete yeh ek bohot badi mithya hai ki sperm bahar nikalne se garbhdharn nahi hota hai kyunki pregnant hone ke liye ek shukranu bhi bohot kaafi hota hai. Yeh bhi padh lijiye: https://lovematters.in/hi/news/10-most-common-contraception-myths https://lovematters.in/hi/resource/unplanned-pregnancy Aur I Pill ek emergency goli hai jo ki unsafe sex ke 72 ghanton ke andar hee lee jaati hai, agar 72 ghante na huye hon, toh aap ke sakti hain, Lekin yeh mahila ke masik dharm par asar kar saktee hai. PLEASE in goliyoun ko laparvahi se istemaal mat keejiye. Safe sex ke liye condom ka istemal kiya jaata hai naa ki emergency pills ka bête, Aur jyada yaha padhiye zara: https://lovematters.in/hi/resource/safe-sex https://lovematters.in/hi/birth-control/top-10-facts-about-emergency-contraceptive-pills Yadi aap is mudde par humse aur gehri charcha mein judna   chahte hain to hamare discussion board “Just Poocho” mein zaroor shamil ho! https://lovematters.in/en/forum
maine 17 ko sex kiya tha or 18 ko sham ko unwanted 72 khayi or 29 ko mujhe periods ho gye or 5 ko mujhe preganews m check krne m hoki line aa rhi h to kya m pregnant hu pls help me
Bete Unwanted 72 pill ek bharosemand emergency goli hai jo ki unsafe sex ke 72 ghanton ke andar hee lee jaati hai - jo aapne le bhi liya hai aur aapke periods bhi aa gaye hain - yadi unsafe sex ke baad period huye hon toh waise bhi pregnancy ke chances na ke barabar hain. Lekin emergency pills mahila ke masik dharm par asar kar saktee hai. PLEASE in goliyoun ko laparvahi se istemaal mat keejiye. Safe sex ke liye condom ka istemal kiya jaata hai naa ki emergency pills ka. Aur sath hi home pregnancy test unsafe sex ke 10 dino baad li jati hai, jiske liye morning urine sample sahi hota hai. Aur jyada yaha padhiye zara: https://lovematters.in/hi/resource/safe-sex https://lovematters.in/hi/birth-control/top-10-facts-about-emergency-contraceptive-pills https://lovematters.in/hi/pregnancy/home-pregnancy-tests-dos-and-donts Yadi aap is mudde par humse aur gehri charcha mein judna   chahte hain to hamare discussion board “Just Poocho” mein zaroor shamil ho! https://lovematters.in/en/forum
Hmne unprotected sex k bad 48 hrs tk unwanted 72 liya tha then thik 10 days bad light bleeding hui 2 days k liye suddenly thik 12 din bad fir se bleeding start h to ye implantation bleeding to ni h naa.....iske aage av kya Krna chahiye plzz help me out
Arunima bete Unwanted 72 bahut hi bharosemand emergency goli hai jo ki unsafe sex ke 72 ghanton ke andar hee lee jaati hai, jo aapne le liya hai. Lekin yeh mahila ke masik dharm par asar kar saktee hai aur wahi ho bhi raha hai, aap kuchh din dekh lijiye, agar bleeding fir aniyamit hi to ek panjikrit doctor se mil lijiye.Aur PLEASE in goliyoun ko laparvahi se istemaal mat keejiye. Safe sex ke liye condom ka istemal kiya jaata hai naa ki emergency pills ka bête, Aur jyada yaha padhiye zara: https://lovematters.in/hi/resource/safe-sex https://lovematters.in/hi/birth-control/top-10-facts-about-emergency-contraceptive-pills Yadi aap is mudde par humse aur gehri charcha mein judna chahte hain to hamare discussion board “Just Poocho” mein zaroor shamil ho! https://lovematters.in/en/forum
SIR MAINE 74 HOURS OF PROTECTED INTERCOURSE K BAAD UNWANTED 72 TABLET LI H AS I WAS IN DOUBT.OR TABLET LENE K 10 DIN BAAD BHI KOI WITHDRAWL BLEEDING HUI.CAN U PLEASE TELL K PREGNANCY K KOI CHANCES TO NHI H.MERI LSP 27 JUNE THI OR IRREGULAR RHTI H SO PLEASE BTAYE K IS MONTH KB TK PERIODS AAENGE
Sakshi hete jaisa ki aapne likha hai, unsafe sex ke 74 hours baad aapne emergency pills liya hai aur 10 days baad bleeding huyi hai, toh yadi unsafe sex ke baad periods ya bleeding huye hain toh ismein pregnancy ke chances na ke barabr hai. Phir bhi yadi aap aur safe hona chahti hain to ek Home pregnancy test kar leejiye aur stithi nischit kar leejiye. Kripya aaj ke baad condom ka nirdharit upyog keejiye. Aur sath hi period ke irregular hone ke bare mein ek panjikrit doctor se mil lijiye. https://lovematters.in/hi/pregnancy/unsure-about-being-pregnant/unsafe-sex-missed-period-am-i-pregnant https://lovematters.in/hi/pregnancy/home-pregnancy-tests-dos-and-donts https://lovematters.in/hi/our-bodies/my-periods-are-irregular-what-should-i-do Yadi aap is mudde par humse aur gehri charcha mein judna   chahte hain to hamare discussion board “Just Poocho” mein zaroor shamil ho! https://lovematters.in/en/forum
I had sex on 4th August and took unwanted 72 within 2 hours of unprotected sex. Then I got withdrawal blood on 10 Aug and it lasted for 2 days. Now my due date is 22 Aug and I still haven't got my periods because for my friend, she got her periods 1 week before the due date after taking unwanted 72. Please enlighten me.
Priya bete relax! Emergency contraceptive pills do affect the menstrual cycle so it's not surprising for periods to be irregular after the pill. These are for EMERGENCIES only. Please use a condom next time. Read here: https://lovematters.in/hi/resource/safe-sex https://lovematters.in/hi/birth-control/top-10-facts-about-emergency-contraceptive-pills If you would like to join in on a further discussion on this topic, join our discussion board, ‘Just Ask’ https://lovematters.in/en/forum
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