Say you had unprotected sex with your partner. Maybe the condom broke. Maybe the diaphragm or the IUD got misplaced. Or maybe, God forbid, you became a victim of sexual assault. What do you do now? If all this had occurred within the last 3 days, then look no further — get yourself a pack of “Emcon 1” from your local pharmacy.
Important update: Emcon has been rebranded as “Emcon 1”, it is now a single dose medicine instead of double.
A pack of Emcon 1 contains
2 a white-coloured pill, each containing 750 μg 1.5 mg of Levonorgestrel. Applied in 2 equal doses a single dose, this progestin-only drug prevents ovulation or fertilisation, and hence protects against pregnancy. Emcon 1 is being manufactured and marketed by Renata Limited in Bangladesh. Outside Bangladesh, you can find this drug under following trade names: Plan B, Levonelle, NorLevo, Postinor or iPill.
If taken in proper
dose and timing, this emergency contraceptive (EC) or “morning-after” pill would be up to 95% effective. So how to take it? Take the first pill as soon as possible within 72 hours of unprotected sex. It works best if taken within 12 hours, so try to do so if possible. The second pill should be taken after 12 hours, but within 24 hours. If you miss the second pill by any chance or take it after 24 hours of taking the first pill, then it would not protect you against pregnancy. You should remember that more delay you do to take the first pill, the less protection you’ll get against pregnancy.
Stuffs to Remember:
- Emcon 1 should not taken on a regular basis
- Emcon 1 is not to be used an alternative of regular birth control pills — emergency cases only
- If you vomit within 3 hours of taking a pill, take another immediately.
- Common side effects are abdominal pain, fatigue, headache, dizziness, and breast tenderness.
You will know if it worked as intended if you get your menstrual period at your regular time, or within one week of taking the drug.
Further questions? Feel free to ask.
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