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Facts About Postinor-2 Tablets, You Should Know


Postinor-2  as an emergency contraceptive is not a regular drug you take every day you have a sexual intercourse. Postinor-2 is an emergency contraceptive that is used when the situation warrants it. It is used within 3 days (72 hours ) of having unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy, especially, if your usual contraceptive method has failed. It has been observed that the percentage rate of preventing pregnancy by Postinor-2 is  about 84%. And this can  be achieved only  if Postinor-2 is taken within 72 hours of having unprotected sexual intercourse. It is better taken within 12 hours rather than delay until the third day. Postinor-2 tablet is more effective if it is taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex. If you have unprotected sex after taking Postinor-2, it will not stop you from becoming pregnant.

What are the Constituents Of Postinor-2 Tablet

Postinor-2 contains the following:

  • A synthetic luteal hormone-like active substance called levonorgestrel.
  • Each Postinor-2 tablet contains 71.25mg of milk sugar (lactose).

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How Do I Take Postinor-2 Tablet?


  • Take both tablets at the same time as soon as possible, preferably within 12 hours, and no later than 72 hours after you have had unprotected sexual intercourse.
  • Do not chew, but swallow the whole tablet with water.
  • Do not swallow it with soft drink or other liquid that is not water.
  • Take it at any time in your menstrual  cycle assuming that you are not already pregnant.


How Often Should I Use Postinor-2 tablets?

You should only use Postinor-2 tablets in an emergency. This is because it is not a regular contraceptive drug. If you use Postinor -2 tablet more than once in a menstrual cycle, it becomes less reliable, and it is more likely to cause period upset or menstrual cycle upset.

If you confirmed that you are already pregnant, do not take postinor-2 because it does not terminate the pregnancy and it is not an abortion pill. As at the time you are taking postinor-2, it is assumed that pregnancy has not occurred. Once pregnancy is confirmed positive, postinor-2 is not an option at this time. (remember, postinor-2 is not an abortion pill and can not terminate the pregnancy, rather it can only prevent pregnancy from occurring).

Also read:How To Sleep During Pregnancy: The Best sleeping position In The First Trimester.

When should I not take Postinor-2 Tablet?

You should not take Postinor-2 if : 

  • You are pregnant or you think that you have already conceived. This is because the drug will not work.
  • Your period is more than 5 days.
  • You have experienced unusual bleeding when your next period is due.
  • You have had unprotected sexual intercourse more than 72 hours ago.

Why Should I take Postinor-2 Tablet after sex?

You should take a Postinor-2 tablet after sex because:

  • It stops the ovaries from releasing an egg.
  • It also prevents sperm from fertilizing any egg you may have already released.
  • It prevents conception and pregnancy.

When should I avoid the use of Postinor-2? 

You should avoid the use of Postinor-2 tablets if :

  • You have a history of ectopic pregnancy( where the baby develops outside the womb).
  • You have a severe problem with the liver.
  • You have ever had inflammation of the fallopian tube (a disease called salpingitis)
  • You have a disease of the small bowel that inhibits the absorption of the medicine.
  • You have used barbiturates or other drugs used in treating epilepsy.
  • You have used medicines used in treating tuberculosis.
  • You have used medicines used in the treatment of HIV.
  • You have used medicines used in treating fungal infections.
  • You have used herbal medicines which contain Hypericum perforation.

Read this:Medical Reasons Why you cannot Get Pregnant

What are the possible side effects of Postinor-2 Tablet?

Like every other medicine, the postinor-2 tablet has its side effects which include the following:

  • Feeling sick (nausea).
  • Headache.
  • Tiredness.
  • You might have lower abdominal pain.
  • You might have some irregular bleeding in your next period.
  • Vomiting in some persons.
  • You might have tender breasts.
  • You might have diarrhea.

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