Common Questions About ECP and Oral Contraceptives

How does emergency contraceptive pill works?

  • The ECP can prevent pregnancy in 2 ways:
    1. It delays the release of an egg from your ovary to prevent fertilisation, and
    2. It changes the lining of your uterus to prevent a fertilised egg from developing

When to take ECP?

  • ECP is most effective if taken within 24 hours of unprotected sex. Although ECP does prevent pregnancy if taken up to 120 hours after sex, its efficacy is greatly reduced. Hence, we strongly recommend ECP to be taken as soon as possible to ensure maximum effectiveness.

If I’m already taking oral contraceptive, does that mean I do not need other means of contraception (such as condom)?

  • Oral contraceptives only prevent you from pregnancy. Condom should always be used to protect you from contracting sexual transmitted diseases.