Q: Hi doctor,
I had unprotected sex on day before my ovulation. I totally forgot about it until I reminded him not to plant inside me. He handed over the Postinor 2 tablet (emergency contraceptive pill). I consumed one pill immediately and the next pill 5 hours later. I worry that I might be pregnant as my ovulation was on the next day. I took another set of Postinor 2 pills.
Please advice me, will I still become pregnant? Did I overdose myself?
|First, you do not need to worry at all about overdosing with emergency contraceptive pills in the form of Postinor 2 (Plan B in the United States).
Pregnancy is definitely possible as you had sex the day before ovulation. The main (probably the only) way emergency contraceptive pills work is to delay the time of ovulation, but Postinor must be taken sooner than it was in your case to delay ovulation. Your risk of pregnancy may be in the range of 15 to 20%.
In any case, use condom until your next period.
Robert A. Hatcher MD, MPH
Emeritus Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Emory University School of Medicine
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