Postinor 2: Uses, Side effects and prices in Ghana

Postinor 2 is a non-hormonal emergency contraceptive that acts on the principle of prevention of ovulation and/or fertilization. Postinor 2 pills work by preventing the release of an egg from the ovaries (ovulation) and also by changing the lining of the uterus (womb) to prevent attachment of a fertilized egg (implantation).

A single dose of Postinor 2 prevents 75% pregnancy if taken within 72 hours after unprotected sex, but its effect lasts only 24 hours so it must be used as soon as possible after sex to work effectively.

In Ghana, this product can be acquired at local pharmacies without the requirement of prescription or consultation with a physician.

What is Postinor 2

Postinor 2 is an emergency contraceptive used to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex or birth control failure. It contains levonorgestrel, a hormone which helps prevent ovulation and fertilization. It is sometimes referred to as the ‘morning after pill’ because it can be taken up to 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected intercourse.

Uses of Postinor 2

Postinor 2 contains the active ingredient levonorgestrel, a synthetic progestin hormone. It works by preventing or delaying ovulation and changes the lining of the uterus, making it difficult for a fertilized egg to implant and grow.

It is a safe and effective way to prevent unintended pregnancy if taken as directed. It should not be used as a regular form of contraception as it is not as effective as other methods such as condoms or the combined oral contraceptive pill.

How to take Postinor 2

When using Postinor 2, it is important to take the tablet as soon as possible after unprotected intercourse. The sooner you take it, the more effective it will be in preventing pregnancy. It should be taken with water, preferably on an empty stomach. Taking it with food may reduce its effectiveness.

It is also important to remember that Postinor 2 does not offer any protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). To protect yourself from STIs, use a barrier method such as condoms each time you have sexual contact.

Side effects of using Postinor 2

The side effects of Postinor 2 are generally mild and temporary. They may include:

  1. Nausea
  2. Vomiting
  3. Headaches
  4. Breast tenderness
  5. Irregular bleeding
  6. Dizziness and fatigue.

These side effects usually resolve within a few days. Rarely, some users experience more severe side effects such as:

  1. Depression
  2. Seizures or jaundice.

If you experience any of these side effects, seek medical help immediately.

Prices of Postinor 2 in Ghana

In Ghana, Postinor 2 is widely available and can be bought over-the-counter in pharmacies and clinics without a prescription. The price varies depending on the pharmacy or clinic, but it typically ranges between GHS 10-20.

Conclusion

Postinor 2 is a safe and effective form of emergency contraception for women. It is a quick and reliable way to avoid an unplanned pregnancy. However, it is important to keep in mind that it does not provide any protection from sexually transmitted infections. Also, it is important to be aware of the potential side effects of Postinor 2 and the associated costs.


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