Postpill is a hormonal oral contraceptive tablet that can be used as an emergency contraceptive to prevent pregnancy within 72 hours of unprotected sexual intercourse or a known or suspected contraceptive failure. Postpill is made from synthetic progestin, which is similar to the naturally occurring hormone progesterone. Each pack of Postpill contains a single blister of two uncoated tablets of Levonorgestrel 1.5mg.
Effectiveness depends on the user: For optimal efficacy, tablets should be taken as early as possible within 72 hours of unprotected sex or a known or suspected contraceptive failure.
Postpill is not indicated for routine use. It is not effective as a regular method of contraception and is suitable only as an emergency contraceptive. Protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV/AIDS: None
Who can use Postpill
Any woman can use emergency oral contraception if she is not already pregnant within the stipulated time period.
Who can’t use Postpill
- A known or suspected pregnancy,
- Hypersensitivity to Levonorgestrel
- Undiagnosed abnormal genital bleeding
- Severely decreased liver function
- Women who have had unprotected intercourse more than 72 hours previously
- Changes in bleeding patterns including:
- Slight irregular bleeding for 1–2 days after taking Postpill
- Monthly bleeding that starts earlier or later than expected
- Abdominal pain
- Breast tenderness