Does i-pill affect future pregnancy ?


Does i-pill affect future pregnancy?

No, using an i-pill does not affect future pregnancy. It does not prevent you from getting pregnant in future. Yes it may cause irregular or unpredictable periods. I-pill is safe for use whenever necessary but it is not recommended as birth control as it is not as effective for preventing pregnancy as other birth controls. 

What is an i-pill ?

I-pill is an emergency contraceptive tablet to prevent unwanted pregnancy in case of unprotected sex or contraception failure. It should be taken within 24-72 hours of having unprotected sex. The pill should be taken orally. Also it is advised that the sooner you take the pill, the better it is because as time passes by, the pill becomes less effective. 

The tablet contains levonorgestrel as an active ingredient which gets into the bloodstream and blocks the formation of hormones responsible for the development and release of eggs from the ovaries (ovulation). Hence, according to your reproductive cycle, the pill starts working on delaying the process of ovulation. In case the ovary has already released the egg, the tablet works by disrupting the fertilization of the egg with the sperm and in case the fertilization has already occurred, it prevents the pregnancy by hindering the implantation process in the uterus. 

Hence it must be noted that ipill is not a primary form of birth control so it must be taken during emergency only. It should not be confused with abortion inducing tablet. It is safe to use if used in a responsible manner. It does not protect against the risk of sexually transmitted diseases like HIV.

When should you take an I-pill?

I-pill can reduce the risk of pregnancy if it is taken within 120 hours of unprotected vaginal sex. The sooner you take it, the better the effectiveness it will show. If it is taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, it can reduce the risk of pregnancy by 75 to 89%.

Females who have taken I-pill both for the short and long-term are likely to experience a temporary delay in conception but it does not affect a female’s chances of getting pregnant.

How to use an i-pill?

Take a pill as soon as possible within 72 hours of unprotected sex to prevent unwanted pregnancy.

How effective is the i-pill?

The effectiveness of the I-pill is 90% with the failure rate being up to 10%. But, you should note the results of the I-pill can be different with the time of consumption. The sooner the i-pill is taken after having an unprotected sex, the more effective it would be. The effectiveness of the I-pill is maximum if taken within the first 24 hours of unprotected intercourse.

What are the side effects of an i-pill? 

I-pill is generally safe if taken responsibly. However, some side effects may occur, such as: 

  • Cramps of the Stomach

  • Headaches

  • Nausea

  • Tiredness

  • Irregularities in Menstruation

  • Can cause abnormalities in the menstrual cycle

  • Can result in unpredictable vaginal bleeding or discharge.

  • Levonorgestrel, the active component of this pill, can induce allergies in women. 

  • It can cause physical pain such as dizziness fatigue, and breast tenderness

How to store an i-pill safely? 

  • Do not exceed the recommended dose.

  • Read the instruction leaflet/label carefully before use.

  • Store in a cool place and protect it from light and moisture.

  • Keep out of the reach of children.

  • Use under medical supervision.

How often can an i-pill be used? 

I-pill is an emergency contraception that should be taken only in case of an emergency and not otherwise because it contains high doses of hormones which may significantly alter the hormonal response when taken on a regular basis. Though it can be used multiple times in a month, other contraceptive methods such as condoms, regular birth control pills, or intrauterine devices (IUDs) must be opted instead, which can help to avoid unwanted pregnancy.


I-pill is an emergency contraception and must be used only during emergencies. It must be taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex but not be used often as it has side effects. It should be taken orally. The sooner it is taken, the more effective it will be. It works depending on the reproductive cycle of a woman. It does not affect your future pregnancy or fertility. It should not be confused with pills used to terminate pregnancy. It is safe if taken in a responsible manner but can lead to certain side effects such as nausea, fatigue, and stomach cramps. These pills are not 100% effective in the prevention of pregnancy and they do not work if pregnancy has already occurred.


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