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I took emergency contraception and got pregnant.

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I am a 33 year old female and had unsafe sex with my partner a few weeks back. I took an emergency contraceptive pill which contained levonogestrel(1.5mg)after 85 hours.

I became pregnant and my doctor has now suggested that I must abort this pregnancy as this hormone affects the growth of foetus.

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It has been advised that Levonorgestrel, should be taken preferably 12 hours and no later than 72 hours after intercourse.

Emergency contraception does not prevent a pregnancy in every instance. If there is uncertainty about the timing of the unprotected intercourse or if the woman has had unprotected intercourse more than 72 hours earlier in the same menstrual cycle, conception may have occurred.

If pregnancy occurs after treatment with Levonelle One Step, the possibility of an ectopic pregnancy should be considered. The absolute risk of ectopic pregnancy is likely to be low, as Levonelle One Step prevents ovulation and fertilisation.

Ectopic pregnancy may continue, despite the occurrence of uterine bleeding. It would be most appropriate to seek further advice from your General Practitioner (GP).

Answered by Health at Hand nurses.


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