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Morning After Pill: Everything You Need To Know


21 May 2018 at 1:28 pm

They are effective.just took one escapelle yesterday and im feeling nauseous n tired

22 May 2018 at 10:58 am

Hello,I had unprotected sex with my partner on Friday night. I only bought the escapelle pill Monday afternoon and took it Monday night.Will I still get pregnant or how long will it take before I start bleeding?How long does escapelle stay in my system?

7 June 2018 at 8:08 pm

I had sex with boyfriend He finished 3 times on me and we went to pharmacy next mirning around 11 to get plan b in a week my period was due 12 April since than I been spooting when my period is due. Should I be worried?

8 June 2018 at 7:02 am

mine is a question. I had unprotected sex on the 12th of May n tws the last day of my period and l ovulated let’s say 10 days after. and then again l had unprotected sex on e 3rd of June n on the 4th of June l took the morning after pill. My period is due today (8th of June) what are the chances that l could be pregnant or it’s just a delayed period.

26 June 2018 at 8:51 pm

I’ve taken Norlevo 32 hours after unprotected sex. i then took anguscaston table about 20 hrs after the Norlevo and it says on the agnuscaston box that it shouldnt be taken with birth control pills.

Will this effect the effectiveness of the norlevo? Should I worry?

26 June 2018 at 8:52 pm

I’ve taken Norlevo 32 hours after unprotected sex. i then took anguscaston table about 20 hrs after the Norlevo and it says on the agnuscaston box that it shouldnt be taken with birth control pills.

Will this effect the effectiveness of the norlevo? Im so scared

6 July 2018 at 9:40 pm

I used Norlevo an hour after my partner and I had unprotected sex. My worry is that I didn’t take both pills at once (as many people are stressing the importance of this method), rather, I took one after another. Either way, it should not be much of an issue; considering that there isn’t much o long gap between the the times which each one was taken. The more pressing matter is; however, that this happened on the 14th of March, then after 9 days (23rd of March) I got my period. This was very unusual because it was my second period in the same month. In the following 2 months, April and May, I got my periods even though they were irregular; but surprisingly enough, I missed my period in June. It’s July now and I’m very stressed because I only spotted for a day and that was it. What could be the reason? This is so terrifying… My partner made a a doctor’s appointment for me but I’m still so uneasy.

    27 July 2018 at 3:27 pm

    Hi Kgomotso,

    Get a pregnancy test first to ascertain whether or not you are pregnant. If not, then consult your GP to find what the problem might be.

18 July 2018 at 12:27 am

Hi, I had unprotected sex with my partner on a Friday and I took the Plan B morning after pill on Saturday. I had sex with him again on Tuesday and I took the morning after pill again on Wednesday, how effective is the second pill going to be? Are the chances of me falling pregnant higher or will it work?

    27 July 2018 at 3:23 pm

    Hi, Natasha

    Thank you, for your question.

    What matters is that on both occasions you took the pill within 72 hours from the time you had unprotected sex. Therefore, there is no reason why it would not work. However, I would advise against the frequent use of the morning after pill as it may cause undesirable side effects. Instead, consult your GP or nearest clinic for better alternatives suitable for you.

24 July 2018 at 5:41 pm

Hi. My husband and I had unprotected sex on the 23rd and I had taken escapelle the same day. The next day (today 24th) we had unprotected sex again, should I take another tablet or does the 48/72hour WI do period still apply… Please help… Newly weds not ready for kids just yet

    27 July 2018 at 3:06 pm

    Hi Lee-Ann,

    The duration of action of Escapelle (i.e. its half-life) is about 26 hours.

    As I am not certain of the period between when you took the Escapelle (on the 23rd) and having unprotected sex on the 24th, I would suggest you take another pill to be on the safe side. Nevertheless, don’t use morning-after pills frequently as they may eventually cause undesirable side effects.

    FYI, I would advise you to visit your nearest clinic or GP and get a daily contraceptive pill or a patch – It’s a safer option.

13 September 2018 at 9:11 pm

Hi, can you please help me. Last Thursday 6th September at around 11.00pm my boyfriend and I had sex and unfourtently the condom broke. I am currently on the pill and I take it every day around the same time range. To be safe we decided that I take a morning after pill. I took escapelle the next day at 13.00. I was supposed to expect my period on the 11th of September but it is late. Already 2 days had passed. I feel period cramps and bloating. Is this a side effect of escapelle? Because I never missed a peroiod whilst on birth control and I am worried that I might be pregnant.
I really appreciate if you reply to my message.

Thanks and best regards

17 September 2018 at 7:44 am

Hi there. My husband and I are newly weds and prior to marrying were celibate by church requisition. We got married yesterday and needless to say the wedding night was busy. What is the best morning after pill and the cost their of? Needless to say we will unfortunately have to use condoms until my injection contraceptive is effective.

    17 September 2018 at 8:13 am

    Hi Kagiso,

    Thank you for reading the article and commenting.

    In South Africa, there are currently 2 brands widely available from most of the pharmacies. It’s Norlevo and Escapelle.

    Both brands work well if taken appropriately at the right time. And both have an active ingredient known as Levonogestrel.

    Norlevo = has 2 tablets, each containing 0.75mg Levonogestrel. You can take both of the tablets at the same time. Or 1 tablet immediately and then 1 tablet after 12 hours.

    Escapelle = has 1 tablet containing 1.5mg Levonogestrel. You take it once and you’re done.

    Both cost around +/ – R70 a pack from the major retail pharmacies across the country.

    Congrats on your marriage!! Wishing you a lifetime of love, happiness and fulfilment.

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