Emcon 1 – The “Morning-After” Pill

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.

Emcon 1

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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793 thoughts on “Emcon 1 – The “Morning-After” Pill

  1. Riya: No worries, you’re safe. There will be a delay with your next period, you can expect it in July. After that it’ll be regular again. All the best!

  2. vaia i told my problem may 6. my period has done last month on 22nd may to 26th May. so am i safe ? plz let me know plzzzzzzzz.

  3. I made a sexual relation with my wife. When i did then she take Emcon1. after 30 min i did sex with her again. now plz tell me have any risk found.

  4. Tasdid: Emcon 1 can provide protection for up to 72 hours, so ask her to take it as soon as possible. The more delay you do now, less the chance that it’ll work.

  5. I made sex with my wife without protect.its 44 hours ago and she couldn’t take any medicine. if now she take Emcon than eill it work plz i request u to ans me Immediately!!

  6. Sharika: Yes you’re right, 2 old “Emcon” tablets = 1 new “Emcon 1″. It is now a single-dose pill instead of double. You should take just 1 pill as soon as possible within 72 hours, but it’ll work best if taken within the first 12 hours.

    The reason why they changed the dose is pretty obvious, a lot of women were confused about the timing of old double-dose pill, and were inclining to single-dose pills such as Indian “iPill” or German “Postinor 1″.

  7. Dear Russell ,
    Previously “Emcon” was 2 tablets (each .75) total 1.5 mg dose

    now it is “Emcon 1″ having 1 tablet 1.5 mg dose.

    What is the difference??
    Does it “2 Emcon tablet”=”1 emcon-1 tablet”?

    If so, why was the time binding for 2nd tablet (12-24 hrs) in case of Emcon?

    I will be grateful if u answer quickly.

    Thanks a lot in advance

  8. Riya: All you can do now is wait for your period. In case Emcon worked, you should expect menstrual flow with the next 2 weeks. If it doesn’t happen, then do a home-based pregnancy test on 18th May morning (assuming you’re NOT engaging in unsafe intercourse since 2nd May). If the result is negative, and wait for 1 more week, and do the test again. If it appears negative again then you should assume that you’re not pregnant and should wait for your next menstrual cycle to start. All the best, and feel free to ask more questions if you’ve any.

  9. Riya: It doesn’t matter if he ejaculates or not, penetration is enough to get you pregnant. Emcon only works if you take it within 72 hours, but looking at the times you mentioned you took it after way after that… so Emcon is not going to protect you. You might get pregnant, or might not, there’s no guarantee.

  10. I had an sex with my husband on 3rd may,2012 at 11.30am we did several times.it was unprotected. bt he didn’t fell sperm inside. is it secured? i took emcon 1 on 6th may at 12.30 pm.so is there possibility to get pergnant..i am worried . plz let me know what can i do. we did sex after 2 days my period ended. plz give me suggestion plz.

  11. Woried: No worries, you shouldn’t get pregnant. Stay calm and wait for your period. And the next time, read the instructions very carefully before taking a medicine. All the best!

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