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Can I use norethindrone tablets as emergency contraceptive pill? Had unprotected sex. Alternate medication?

How many .35 norethindrone tablets can be taken for use as an emergency contraceptive pill I am thirty five years of age and just finishing my masters degree. I want a child but not for another year or so. I know that at thirty five my chances of becoming pregnant reduce so what would you recommend? How many tablets could I take to at least try to prevent pregnancy. I was not being irresponsible, a condom leaked. I appreciate any help...
Asked On : Tue, 14 Aug 2012
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Hello and welcome,
I am Dr Nilajkumar a consultant gynecologist and I will be helping you in your queries.

I understand the concern. The regimen is use of combined pills containing one estrogen and one progesterone drug [ 2 drugs in one pill] and not norethidrone only pills.
Also the estrogen content in the tablet must be known. It must provide at least 100 mcg of ethinyl estradiol and 2mg norgestrel. Usually 3-4 tablets are needed and must be taken as 2 doses, first dose as soon as possible within 72 hours of incident and second dose 12 hours after the first dose.

Other methods are levonorgestrel only pills commonly sold as plan B one step or unwanted 72. It has only one pill and must be taken as soon as possible within 72 hours of unprotected sex.
Remember that is is not advisable to use emergency contraception more than once in one month and it must be used as an occasional method and not a routine one. So continue to use the condoms.
Thanks for using HCM.
Have a good day.
Dr Nilajkumar Bagde     
Consultant Obstetrics and Gynecology

Answered: Thu, 27 Mar 2014
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