It is no news that one of the biggest scares of every sexually active woman is the fear of unplanned pregnancy. This is where the emergency contraceptive pills comes to play.
It’s hard to know which brands can be trusted but worry no more, aside minor side effects, these five top brands can be trusted. And the good news is, they are cheap and available in 90% of pharmacy stores.
1. Lydia Contraceptive:
Lydia Contraceptive Pill is widely used as the go-to solution whenever one is looking for an emergency contraceptive. This emergency pill (e-Pill) or the morning after pill is commonly used by women as a precautionary method against unwanted pregnancies in the possible event of unprotected sex. The Lydia post pill is not used as a daily contraceptive pill and should be used once in a while as it might pose a challenge if used regularly. It goes for a cool 13gh cedis or more depending on the pharmacy.
2. Postinor2 :
The second one on the list is Postinor 2 Postinor 2 is a contraceptive used in preventing pregnancy. It is also known as the “Morning After Pill” taken after unprotected intercourse. The Hormone in postinor contains 0.75mg Levonorgesterol (a synthetic hormone from naturally produced one in the body)
This is about 7.5 TIMES HIGHER DOSE compared to the one contained in the oral contraceptive pills Eg Microgynon (0.1mg). It goes for a cool price of 7 cedis depending on the pharmacy.
3. Secure ContraceptivePill:
This has been the longest contraceptive pill in Ghana. It is also a post sex oral pill and unfortunately the price is not known. The last time we checked it was around 14 cedis. Perhaps the price could have gone up so just take along 20 cedis while going to the pharmacy.Take 1 pill every day for 21 days (3 weeks) in a row. Then don’t take any pills for seven days (week 4). You’ll get your period during the fourth week while you aren’t taking any pills. It’s important to take every pill in a 21-day pack because there are no reminder (hormone-free) pills.
4. Levon 2:
Levonorgestrel is used by women to prevent pregnancy after birth control failure (such as a broken condom) or unprotected sex. This medication is an emergency contraceptive and should not be used as a regular form of birth control. It is a progestin hormone that works mainly by preventing the release of an egg (ovulation) during your menstrual cycle. It also makes vaginal fluid thicker to help prevent sperm from reaching an egg (fertilization) and changes the lining of the uterus (womb) to prevent attachment of a fertilized egg. It goes for a cool price of 12 cedis.
5. Lenor Emergency Contraceptive Pill:
Lenor Emergency Contraceptive is a Morning after Pill (MAP) effective within 72 hours or 3 days after sex. It contains 1.5 milligrams of levonorgestrel, which is used in lower doses, in many birth control pills. It is a single dose pill. It also goes for a cool price of 10gh cedis.
NB: All the above mentioned products have side effects and some of these side effects can be dangerous depending on the woman and her hormones. Each woman has different types of hormones so before you take any of these products, MAKE SURE you CONSULT your doctor.