Post-coital contraception:

 

 

This refers to the contraceptive options after unprotected sexual intercourse.

The most popular drug is ‘Ovran’, where the female should take 2 tablets within 72 hours of intercourse and then 1 tablet after 12 hrs of taking the first dose.

Keep in mind that the efficacy of the drug decreases as time goes by, hence it would be better if the pills are taken immediately after intercourse for better results.

  

Prostinar contains levonorgesterol and is to be taken as a single pill within 72 hours and next pill after 12 hours. You can also take 2 pills at a time within 72 hours.

  

Mifepristone is a steroid and is to be taken as a single pill. It is very effective, however very expensive.

  

Centochroman: 2 tablets taken twice in 24 hours within 24 hours of intercourse is also effective

  

The latest entrant in this segment is Cipla’s I-Pill. It is very easily available over the counter and is to be taken as a single dose within 72 hours. It has virtually no side effects and costs Rs. 75.

  

If the female doesn’t want to eat pills then she can opt for Copper T, which is to be inserted within 5 days of intercourse.

  



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