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Information on emergency contraception

Emergency contraception is the contraception method that you can use in emergency, after sex to prevent pregnancy. Actually mostly it means the “after sex pill” (also called the morning after pill, the day after pill) like Escapelle.

Emergency contraception is an „after sex” method of preventing pregnancy after failed contraception or unprotected intercourse

The most common method of emergency contraception is a special contraceptive pill, as Escapelle within 72 hours.
The „morning after” pill is similar to the regular contraceptive pills, containing the same active hormone compound. They can be used in the following typical cases:

  • You are unsure about „withdrawal (pull-out) and/or calendar method”
  • Your regular birth control failed (condom broke or slipped)
  • You made some mistake with your regular method (e.g. forgot to take birth control pills)
  • You didn't use any birth control method before sex
  • You've been taking some other medication that may have reduced the effectiveness of your regular Pill and you're worried about getting pregnant

Emergency contraceptive pills like Escapelle are effective to prevent pregnancy when taken as directed up to 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected sex.
Containing only one kind of hormone called Levonorgestrel, Escapelle prevents pregnancy before it is established. Escapelle is a highly effective emergency contraceptive pill, reducing the risk of getting pregnant by 84%.
This type of emergency contraceptive pill has been widely used by millions of women since the 1980’s. It has a user-friendly side effect profile. Safety of Escapelle is also shown by the fact that it is easily available in pharmacies for women all around the world.

Emergency contraceptive pills are not for regular use, you should use them in emergency cases only. But remember: the emergency contraceptive pill has much less side effects and health risks than abortion pills or hospital abortion.
If your doctor told you that you shouldn't use the regular contraceptive pill, it doesn’t mean, you can not safely use an emergency contraceptive pill. Please ask your doctor.

POSTINOR

In some Eastern European and CIS countries there are 2 types of Levonorgestrel containing emergency contraceptive pills: “one tablet pill” like Escapelle and “two tablet pill” like Postinor. Both types contain the same kind of hormone, called levonorgestrel found in many regular birth control pills, but in a different dosage form.
In Western Europe and other parts of the world Postinor is in 1 tablet form as Escapelle.