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Emergency Contraceptive Pill effective within 72 hours
Lenor Emergency Contraceptive is a Morning after Pill (MAP) effective within 72 hours or 3 days after sex. It contains 1.5 milligrams of levonorgestrel, which is used in lower doses, in many birth control pills. It is a single dose pill.
Emergency contraception is effective only in the first few days following intercourse before the ovum is released from the ovary and before the sperm fertilizes the ovum. Emergency contraception cannot interrupt an established pregnancy or harm a developing embryo.
In which situations should Lenor be used?
Lenor can be used in a number of situations following sexual intercourse. These include:
- When no contraceptive or protection has been used;
- In cases of rape or coerced sex when the woman was not protected by an effective contraceptive method; and
- When there is a contraceptive failure or incorrect use, including: condom breakage, slippage, or incorrect use.
3 or more consecutively missed combined oral contraceptive pills;
- Progestogen-only pill (minipill) taken more than 3 hours late;
- Desogestrel-containing pill (0.75 mg) taken more than 12 hours late;
- Norethisterone enanthate (NET-EN) progestogen-only injection taken more than 2 weeks late;
- Depot-medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) progestogen-only injection taken more than four weeks late;
- The combined estrogen-plus-progestogen monthly injection given more than seven days late;
- Dislodgment, delay in placing, or early removal of a contraceptive hormonal ring or skin patch;
- Dislodgment, breakage, tearing, or early removal of a diaphragm or cervical cap;
Failed withdrawal (e.g. ejaculation in the vagina or on external genitalia);
Failure of a Spermicide tablet or film to melt before intercourse;
Miscalculation of the abstinence period, or failure to abstain or use a barrier method on the fertile days of the cycle when using fertility awareness based methods; and
Expulsion of an intrauterine contraceptive device (IUD) or hormonal contraceptive implant.
Effectiveness of Lenor
Based on reports from nine studies including 10,500 women, the WHO-recommended levonorgestrel regimen is 94% effective in preventing pregnancy. The regimen is more effective the sooner it is taken after intercourse.
Lenor emergency contraceptive pill are very safe and do not cause abortion or harm future fertility. Side-effects, generally similar to those experienced by women using oral contraceptive pills, are uncommon and generally mild.
Most people do not have any side effects after taking this medicine. However, possible side effects may be dizziness, change in menstrual cycle or flow, tenderness in breast, nausea,