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HOW EFFECTIVE WILL POSTINOR-2 BE IF I TOOK ONLY ONE PILL AND FORGOT THE OTHER ONE.

By Anonymous January 5, 2015 - 7:40am
 
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Anonymous

I bought postinor 2 and there was only one tablet in it I took the one tablet like that. Please will it be effective without me taking the second tablet at all??

May 30, 2019 - 11:49pm
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anon

You may have taken Postinor 1 which only requires one tablet. Check the package.
Best,
Susan

May 31, 2019 - 3:14am
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Anonymous

Hi, I took the first pill of Postinor 2 after 24hours of unprotected sex and used the second pill after 22hours of taking the first pill. Should I be worried? Or can I get another postinor 2 to use?

May 14, 2019 - 12:50am
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anon

You took the second pill about 10 hours after you should have but this should not really affect it effectiveness.

Emergency contraceptives are up to 95% effective when taken as prescribed within the first 24 hours and up to 90% effective if taken within 72 hours, so the risk is very small. It works by preventing ovulation and stopping a pregnancy from starting. It is not an abortion pill. It prevents a pregnancy, it does not end one. Side effects can include stomach aches, headaches, dizziness, breast pain, nausea and a general feeling of being unwell. Some women can bleed a little or quite extensively after taking emergency contraception. Some women experience few to no side-effects. Side effects, of lack of, are not an indication one way or another whether the medication will work.
The more frequently they are taken, the more likely a woman is to have side effects and an irregular cycle. They should be taken only for emergencies, not used as a method of birth control.
Side effects usually start 2-7 days after taking the medication and may or may not include bleeding or spotting. Not all women get symptoms. Some get many, or a few, or none. If a woman doesn’t get her next period within a week of it’s expected date, a pregnancy test may be necessary, although the risk is very low. Periods can often be delayed or longer/shorter as a result of taking emergency contraception. We cannot predict this for our readers in terms of length of delays. Each woman is different. Periods should get back to normal by the second cycle after.
Best,
Susan

May 15, 2019 - 5:00am
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Anonymous

Hi,

Took the second pill 21hours later instead of 12hours should I be worried

March 17, 2019 - 12:04am
Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello, Anon.

It should still be effective, but taking it as prescribed is always best.

Helena

March 17, 2019 - 6:07am
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Anonymous

I took both tablets of postinor two at once, would it stil work.

March 14, 2019 - 2:17pm
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anon
Yes, taking the pills at once or waiting 24 hours in between will have the same effectiveness.
Best,
Susan

March 14, 2019 - 3:47pm
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Anonymous

someone took one pill of postinor 2 36hrs after unprotected sex and took the other pill 30mins later will it work

November 8, 2018 - 12:45pm
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anon

Yes, it should be just as effective.
Susan

November 8, 2018 - 4:01pm
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