PILL 72 – Emergency Contraception within 72 hours
Each year there are some
175 million pregnancies of which approximately half are
unintended. Unintended pregnancy has many social, personal and
financial consequences. A woman faces difficult decisions
including termination of the pregnancy, bearing and then
relinquishing the child to others, and absence of emotional and
financial support. One way of reducing unplanned pregnancies among
women is to increase the knowledge of emergency contraception in
the form of Pill 72.
is a way to prevent pregnancy after unprotected intercourse (such
as intercourse without contraception or when a contraceptive
fails). Pill 72 contains levonorgestrel (progestin - only tablet)
specifically developed for post-coital contraception.
Each Pill 72 (levonorgestrel)
packet includes a single course of treatment and consists of two
tablets. The first tablet should be taken as soon as possible
within 72 hours (3 days) of unprotected intercourse. The second
tablet must be taken 12 hours after the first dose.
However, it is
strongly recommended that these pills be consumed under guidance
of the patient’s doctor.