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Is postinor 2 effective before sex?

By Anonymous June 30, 2016 - 8:44am
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I had postinor 2 yesterday and had sex today(less than 12 hours from the second pill yesterday) .
Should I take it again or is the pill still effective?

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Hi, i took postinor in or 2
Before and after, is it OK?
Because i read just now, that is should take 72 hrs before intercourse?

August 26, 2017 - 6:05am
Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anonymous,

Postinor should be taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex or contraceptive failure, not before.

If you took a double dose, you overdosed.


August 28, 2017 - 9:23am

Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER. I am glad you reached out to us before taking another dose of Postinor 2.

Do not take another dose. Postinor 2 prevents pregnancy by preventing ovulation. So, no need to take any more.

Postinor 2, like all emergency contraceptives, is intended to be used ONLY in emergency situation, when the used contraception, the condom, fails or breaks. It is designed to be effective when taken within 72 hours AFTER intercourse.

Oral contraceptives prevent pregnancy by preventing ovulation and are the method of choice for regular protection.


June 30, 2016 - 8:59am
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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Hi, pls I had unprotected sex in between the doses of Postinor. Is it still safe or need to start off another dose.

January 15, 2018 - 12:11am
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