What is I-Pill?

I-Pill is an emergency contraceptive tablet used to prevent undesired pregnancy in the event of unprotected intercourse or contraception failure. Levonorgestrel is the active ingredient in the tablet. If used responsibly, it is typically harmless but may lead to adverse effects such as nausea, tiredness, and stomach cramps in some cases.

I-Pill should be taken within 24?72 hours post intercourse to be effective and should not be mistaken for an abortion-inducing drug.

What are the uses of I-Pill?

I-Pill provides a safe alternative to avoid unintended pregnancy in the event of contraceptive failure or unprotected sex. The emergency pill works by postponing the ovulation process, depending on your reproductive cycle.

If the ovary has already released the egg, the tablet prevents the egg from fertilizing with the sperm. If the fertilization has already happened, it averts pregnancy by interfering with the fertilized egg’s attachment process in the uterus.


What are the side effects of I-Pill?

  • One of the most common side effects of contraceptive pills is breakthrough bleeding, also known as spotting. It refers to the vaginal bleeding that occurs between menstrual cycles.
  • When taking the tablet for the first time, you may feel minor nausea, although this generally goes away soon.
  • Hormones found in birth control pills tend to induce or intensify headaches and migraines.
  • Taking birth control tablets may lead to irregular periods or no periods at all for a while.
  • Fatigue, changes in vaginal discharge, and decreased libido are a few other side effects you may experience.

There may be other side effects that are not listed here as well. If you are facing additional discomfort and concerning symptoms, do not hesitate to reach out to our team at Yashoda Hospitals for medical advice and help.

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1. How many I-Pills should be taken?

One tablet of I-Pill within 24?72 hours of unprotected sex or contraception failure is enough. Women under 25 or above 45 years of age should avoid taking the tablet. I-Pill may cause health complications if consumed by teenagers. Hence, teenagers are advised to use other contraceptive methods to avoid the chances of pregnancy.

2. How does I-Pill work?

Levonorgestrel, the main active ingredient of the I-Pill, is a synthetic version of the naturally occurring female sex hormone, progesterone. During a regular menstrual cycle, a mature egg is released from the ovaries, in a process called ovulation. Oral emergency contraception works by postponing this ovulation process. I-Pill prevents pregnancy by temporarily halting the production of eggs, blocking fertilization, or preventing a fertilized egg from getting implanted in the uterus.

3. When to take an I-Pill?

Take one I-Pill within 72 hours (three days) of contraception failure or unprotected sex for best results. If recommended by your doctor, you can take it for up to 5 days in special cases. However, the sooner you take the pill, the better your chances of not getting pregnant.

4. How to use an I-Pill to avoid pregnancy?

If you had unprotected sex or a contraception failure has occurred during intercourse, taking one I-Pill within 24?72 hours may help dodge pregnancy. If 72 hours have already passed, consult a doctor before consuming the tablet, as it might not be effective once this grace period is over.

5. Can I-Pill delay periods?

Yes. I-Pill might affect your menstrual cycle since it adds numerous hormones and chemicals into your biological system. Some women may experience mild bleeding, while others may completely miss their periods for a certain duration as a side effect.

6. How to stop bleeding after taking an I-Pill?

Spotting or irregular menstrual bleeding typically stops within the first 3?4 months of using contraceptive tablets. A general hack to prevent spotting is to take the pill at the same time daily. If the problem persists and the breakthrough bleeding doesn't stop, you should consult a doctor.

7. Is I-Pill harmful to the body?

Taking an I-Pill is safe if it is consumed only during an emergency to avoid pregnancy. It should never be mistaken for a regular abortion-inducing drug. You should only take it in the event of unprotected sex or contraception failure, as it might cause several side effects such as nausea, headache, stomach cramps, etc.

8. Can a girl get pregnant even after taking an I-Pill?

Although I-Pill lowers your chances of becoming pregnant, it is not 100% effective. Therefore, yes, one can get pregnant even after taking an I-Pill as it depends on several factors like the phase of her menstrual cycle, how much time has elapsed, etc. It is advised to conduct a pregnancy test if your periods get delayed for more than a week.

9. Is one pill enough to stop pregnancy?

Yes, if taken within the grace period of 24?72 hours after unprotected sex or contraception failure, one I-Pill is enough to prevent pregnancy. But remember that I-Pill is only 50?100% effective. In case of any doubts, get in touch with your doctor for further consultation.

10. Does I-Pill cause weight gain?

An increase in fluid retention or water weight in the body may occur due to birth control tablets. They may also cause fat or muscle mass to grow. Some women, on the other hand, may experience weight reduction while taking the pills.
To learn more about the uses, benefits, and side-effects of the I-Pill, get in touch with our experts at Yashoda Hospitals today.



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