Using Birth Control as Emergency Contraception

Patient: Hi! I’m 18 years old and I began taking Orsythia birth control about two years ago. A few weeks ago, I stopped taking them because they were making me seriously nauseous. I had unprotected sex 4 days ago, and he ejaculated in me. Afterwards, i proceeded to take 2 doses of 5 pink pills with a 12 hour wait period between the doses. Will this method work?


Doctor: Hi,Thanks for the query.I understand your concern.Usually if high dose of regular contraceptive pills are taken within 72 hours of intercourse as you have taken, they are said to help in preventing pregnancy.Like all other contraceptive methods, this method is also having some amount of failure rate.So, if you do not get withdrawal bleeding around ten days after taking tablets, please go for urine pregnancy test once to rule out pregnancy.Take care.


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Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

Dr. Suneel Sharman completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Toronto. He currently operates Infinity Health Centre, a walk-in-clinic in downtown Toronto.

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