Worried about having an unplanned pregnancy after an episode of unprotected sex? Then you must have considered popping in the common over the counter emergency contraceptive pills widely available to prevent an unwanted pregnancy. These pills aid in negating the chances of getting pregnant after an instance of unprotected sex if consumed within 12 to 72 hours after intercourse. If a woman does not wish to get pregnant after an unprotected act of penetration, emergency contraceptive pills, also known as “morning after pills” are the answer to her worries. However, these pills should only be used during emergencies, and not as a regular contraceptive measure.
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What Is Unwanted 72 Pill?

Unwanted 72 is one of the leading emergency contraceptive pills manufactured by Mankind Pharmaceuticals intended to be used to prevent an unplanned pregnancy in the event of unprotected sex, forced intercourse, rape or failure of contraceptive measures being used. It is an oral pill and contains 1.5 mg of Levonorgestrel that helps in preventing an unwanted pregnancy if taken within 72 hours after the act of penetration.

How Does Unwanted 72 Work?

Being an oral pill, Unwanted 72 is contains the manufactured progestin hormone Levonorgestrel and prevents fertilization or pregnancy by inhibiting ovulation, though it will not prevent a pregnancy if implantation has already taken place. Unwanted 72 contains 1.5 gm of Levonorgestrel and once it is in the blood stream, it works by blocking the hormones LH and FSH which help to mature an egg, get it released from the ovary and make it available for fertilization. As such, implantation does not happen and pregnancy does not take place. It is a single dose formulation where just one dose is used as an emergency contraception.

How To Use Unwanted 72?

Unwanted 72 should be taken between 12-72 hours after an act of unprotected penetration. The earlier it is consumed, the better the chances of preventing a pregnancy. Because it takes 72 hours for a pregnancy to take place after an egg gets fertilized in the womb, Unwanted 72 can prevent the same from happening when taken in the time frame of 12-72 hours. You can ingest the pill orally with a glass of water, preferably with some food before.

Can I Use Unwanted 72 As A Regular Contraceptive?

Since Unwanted 72 is a hormonal pill, it is strongly suggested not to use it as a method of regular contraception as it can play havoc on the natural flow and ebb of hormones, affecting more than just your menstrual cycle. Emergency contraceptives should be used only in case of emergencies – not more than once in 6 months. Any form of emergency contraceptive should not be used as an excuse to have unprotected sex, and should be reserved only for unplanned, isolated coital acts.

How Much Does An Unwanted 72 Cost?

Being an over the counter product, it is widely available at all leading pharmaceutical stores, local chemists, some departmental stores and in the online space as well. Priced at an affordable Rs.80 for a pack of 1 pill, it is quite a popular emergency contraceptive pill used by women to avert a pregnancy across the country.

What Is The Dosage Of Unwanted 72?

As you can read in the name, the number ’72’ is suggestive of the fact that the is effective in averting pregnancy only if taken within 72 hours of having unprotected sex. A single 1.5 gm tablet of Unwanted 72 should be taken with a glass of water, preferably after eating something, within 12 to 72 hours of unprotected coitus and not later than that.
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Should I Consult A Gynecologist Before Taking Unwanted 72?

Ideally, if you are already pregnant, diabetic, hypertensive, epileptic or are taking any other medicine on regular basis, you may check with your doctor for any drug interactions that may result from consuming Unwanted 72 pill. Some medications like anti-convulsants, antibiotics and anti-tuberculosis and certain other herbal preparations can render the actions of Unwanted 72 ineffective. In such cases, you may consult your doctor before taking the pill. Else, it is largely presumed safe to use and is sold to adult men and women without a medical prescription.

What Are The Benefits Of Unwanted 72?

Unwanted 72 can be used to prevent an unwanted pregnancy resulting due to an ineffective contraceptive measure, failure of contraceptive method being used, forced sex, rape, or other events of coital acts. Also, it is proven to be highly effective and is convenient to use, apart from being available easily. Emergency contraceptives are gaining popularity and are also coming out as a ‘need of the hour product’- with minimal side effects and also has the advantage of being a single use drug unlike the combination pills that need to be taken in higher and more doses.

Does Unwanted 72 Cause Delay In Periods?

A very common side effect of taking Unwanted 72 is significant alteration in periods – they can either be early or be delayed. Most women will experience withdrawal bleeding at the scheduled or expected dates, while some may get menses within 5 days. If you get periods earlier then expected, you can be assured that pregnancy has not taken place, but in case of delay in periods, it is best to take a pregnancy test one week over the expected date. This is largely a rare occurrence. However, if bleeding does not happen within 7 days of expected date or 3 weeks after taking Unwanted 72 merits a medical consultation to rule out chances of pregnancy.

How Effective Is Unwanted 72?

No method of contraception or emergency contraception is 100% effective. The success rates of Unwanted 72 is preventing a pregnancy after unprotected intercourse are:

  1. 95% if taken within 24 hours
  2. 85% if taken between 24 to 48 hours
  3. 58% if taken after 48 but before 72 hours


Are There Any Side Effects Of Unwanted 72?

Effective marketing strategies have made Unwanted 72 and I-pill common names and there is no check on the purchases. Even teenagers have started to use them after an episode of a passionate night, giving rise to teenage pregnancies. Though there is no denying the fact that there are certain situations where oral contraceptive pills can be used to prevent an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy, long term regular use of emergency contraceptive pills can wreck havoc on a woman’s reproductive cycle. Some pointers to note are:

  • Unwanted 72 prevents a pregnancy by stopping the release of hormones LH and FSH that are responsible for making a pregnancy happen. Hence, it plays around with your hormones affecting them if used long term
  • Unwanted 72 cannot abort the pregnancy if it has already taken place – it can only stop a pregnancy from happening.
  • If you have a baby and are breastfeeding , you should consult your doctor before consuming unwanted 72
  • Some common side effects of Unwanted 72 are fatigue, abdominal pain, breast tenderness, nausea and vomiting . Some women also get headaches – though all these discomforts should go away in a day or two
  • Gastrointestinal issues may also be observed
  • Because Unwanted 72 works by restricting the natural course of hormones, your periods can either be early or get late. Taking Unwanted 72 repeatedly can harm the course of your menstrual cycle
  • Vaginal discharge is also observed by some women who take emergency contraceptive pills. Regular use may make spotting a constant issue
  • Emergency contraceptive pills that are hormonal can lead to hormonal imbalance in the body. This can further lead to a series of headaches, mood swings, hair loss, unexplained weight gain, skin allergies and acne
  • In some cases, use of emergency contraceptive pills has been linked to ectopic pregnancies – that is pregnancy happening outside the uterus

What Precautions Should Be Taken After Taking Unwanted 72?

Because Unwanted 72 contains 1.5 g Levonorgestrel, women who are allergic to it should consult the doctor before consuming it. You should also know that it does not protect you from HIV/AIDS or other sexually transmitted diseases.Unwanted 72 should only be used after an isolated episode of unsafe sex and should not be consumed as a regular contraceptive measure. Infact, you should avoid taking them more than twice in a 6 months timeframe.

Can I Still Get Pregnant After Taking An Unwanted 72?

Yes, though rare, there are still chances that you can get pregnant even after taking Unwanted 72. It could be that you have taken the pill too late and after fertilization, in which case Unwanted 72 cannot prevent a pregnancy. If the pill is taken closer to 72 hours after unprotected intercourse, the chances of it being ineffective rise. If you periods get delayed or you experience the common pregnancy symptoms, it is best to talk to your doctor and decide on the further course of action.