Commonly known as “Emergency Contraception” is available at Gynemed Surgical Center.
- When: up to 72 hours (3 days) from unprotected intercourse
- Procedure: Oral administration of a single 0.75 milligram dosage of Levonorgestrel
- Effectiveness: 88%+
- Side Effects: In rare cases, there may be minimal nausea, abdominal pain, dizziness, bleeding, breast swelling, headache, or vomiting. If these occur, no treatment is necessary.
- Contraception: Available methods will be discussed with the patient after the treatment.
- Abortion: Patients should plan on having an abortion in the rare cases when the Emergency Contraception Pill does not work.
- No Appointment needed for the Emergency Contraception Pill.
Today, couples have many safe effective methods of contraception available. There are prescription means such as: birth control pills; mechanical means such as condoms, diaphragms and NuvaRing®; and medical methods such as sterilization. There are times when unprotected sexual intercourse happens. For those occasions, a safe, effective method of post coital birth control is available to prevent unwanted pregnancies. This Emergency Contraception Procedure (ECP) may be used up to 72 hours (3 days) from the time of unprotected sexual intercourse.
This procedure consists of a single emergency dose of Levonorgestrel taken orally. The tablet should be taken on an empty stomach (1-2 hours after your last meal) and the patient should continue to avoid eating for another 2 hours. Possible adverse reactions may include: nausea, abdominal pain, dizziness, breast swelling, bleeding, headache, or vomiting. These reactions are minimal and do not require treatment.
The Emergency Contraception Pill does not prevent you from getting pregnant in the future. Therefore, it is vital to use an effective form of birth control after the ECP treatment.
Your next menstrual period should occur within 2 days of your normal expected period. If a menstrual period does not occur within 21 days of the ECP treatment, the patient should immediately have a pregnancy test. If that pregnancy test is positive, you will need to terminate the pregnancy, due to the increased risk of birth defects.