A 20-year-old female asked:
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how do i use emergency contraception? there is a pill here that's used for ecp. 4 pills at once and 4 others after 12 hours. can i take 8 all at once?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
30 years experience Geriatrics
No! Take as directed: Pleeeeeease! always take medications as directed. If it says to take 4 pills at once, and then another 4 pills 12 hours later, do it that way, not all 8 at once (not if you want to avoid pregnancy). If manufacturers had wanted you to take all 8 at once, they'd have given you those directions. Of course, there are also 1 pill emergency contraceptives, too. But bottom line, take as directed.
Answered on Oct 24, 2016
Dr. Paula Hillard
44 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Too many side effect: Over the counter bc options or taking high dose regular birth control pills works. Some with more side effects than others. For specifics see www.Not-2-late.Com. Regular ongoing birth control works better. Pills, patches, ring are options, but require regular use. Consider long acting options of iud and implant. They're the most effective and easy!
Answered on Mar 16, 2014

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Why: Why would one need emergency contraception if they are already on contraception?
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