Emergency Contraception

emergency contraceptives, family planning, reproductive health

At A Glance:

  • Contraceptive pills can be used as emergency contraception after unprotected sex to decrease the chances of pregnancy.
  • Should only be used after unprotected sex, if another contraceptive method failed, or if no contraception was used.
  • Pills can be up to 88% effective if taken within 72 hours (three days) after unprotected sex. The sooner, the better.
  • The Yuzpe Method is not guaranteed as effective as daily intake of pills as a regular contraceptive method.

What Is It

Emergency contraception lessens the chances of a woman getting pregnant if taken within the first few days after unprotected sex. It should be taken as a last resort when other contraceptive methods failed or were not used during unplanned sex.

You may want to use it if:

  • you weren’t using any contraceptive when you had sex
  • you forgot to take your pills or use condoms
  • your partner’s condom broke or slipped off
  • your partner didn’t pull out in time or
  • you were forced to have unprotected vaginal sex

Emergency contraceptive pills are also called “morning after pills,” which gives the wrong impression that they should be taken the morning after unprotected sex, when in fact, they can already be taken as soon as possible without having to wait for the morning after.

In the Philippines, the daily oral contraceptive pills available can be used as emergency contraception through a specific method. The Yuzpe Method prevents pregnancy before it happens; it’s a backup plan, and should not be done regularly. If you are interested in taking oral contraceptive pills as a regular method of contraception, consult your healthcare provider to know more. It is also strongly advised to consult a healthcare provider when using the Yuzpe Method.

How It Works

Pregnancy doesn’t happen immediately after sex, which is why preventing it after unprotected sex is still possible. Take note: it can take up to seven days for the sperm cell and egg cell to meet after sex.

Pills prevent the sperm cell and egg cell from meeting and result in pregnancy by releasing a large dosage of the hormones estrogen and progestin in the body. Through this, the egg cell is stopped or delayed from leaving the ovary and traveling to the uterus for fertilization.

The Yuzpe Method lessens the chances of pregnancy to happen if taken within the first few days after unprotected sex; however, how much the chances are reduced depends on how soon the pills are taken after the incident, and at what stage the woman’s menstrual cycle is already when she takes it. The chances of getting pregnant are higher when the woman had unprotected sex during the 2nd or 3rd week of her menstrual cycle; this makes the effectiveness rate not absolute. It’s always better to use a regular form of contraception, such as a condom or the daily oral contraceptive pills.

How To Use It

Do the Yuzpe Method as soon as possible after unprotected sex. Although it can reduce the risk of pregnancy if used within 72 hours after the incident, taking it sooner makes it more effective.

Take four (4) Ethinyl Estradiol 30mcg/Levonorgestrel 150mcg pills as soon as possible. Follow this with another dose of four (4) pills 12 hours later. You should be able to take a total of eight (8) pills.

If vomiting occurs within 2 hours after taking either of the doses, you need to repeat that dose. Remember, the sooner the pills are taken, the better.

It’s normal for your next period to be different from normal after taking emergency contraception.

  • It may come earlier or later than usual
  • It may be heavier, lighter, more spotty, the same as usual

You may also feel dizzy and nauseous after taking the pills.

The Positives

  • Pregnancy can be prevented after unprotected, unplanned or unsolicited sex.
  • Offers more protection and peace of mind than doing nothing.
  • Easy to use.

The Negatives

  • Can cause an upset stomach and vomiting.
  • Could cause breast tenderness, irregular bleeding, dizziness, headaches (short-term), and temporary changes to the menstrual cycle.
  • The Yuzpe Method should be done.


Department of Health. The Philippine Clinical Standards Manual on Family Planning (2014 Edition). Manila, Philippines: DOH. 2014. Pp231-239



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475 thoughts on “Emergency Contraception

  1. Hi po, pwede ko po ba gamitin ang femme brand as yuzpe method? Nagcontact po kasi kami ng mister ko ng 2am(jan14) at accidentally nagslipped po yung condom inside po, dec18 po ako last nagkamens and dapat jan18 magkakaron na po ako kasi regular naman po ako. Natatakot ako na masundan agad bunso namin. Sana po manotice niyo po. Thanks in advance.

  2. Hi! I took my second dose of 4 pills, at 7:20am today. Exactly 12 hours after my first dose of 4 pills. It’s already 10:20am, 3 hours after my second dose. And i feel like vomiting. If i would vomit now, should i retake the second dose? Or no need na, kasi lagpas na ng 2 hours?

  3. Hi, I took 1 pill at first because hindi ko alam na apat na pills ang kailangan. Pwede ba na dagdagan ko nalang ng 3 pills kasi hindi pa naman lumagpas ng 12 hrs for the second dose. Ano po ba pwedeng gawin?

    1. Nagtake po ako ulit ng apat na pills nung 11pm on the same day and another 4 at 11am today po. Effective padin po ba?

  4. Hi.. My last period was in January 1, 2021..My boyfriend and I had sex on Wednesday January 6, 2021 then after 1 day I took 4pills and another 4 pills pro nalagpas Po Ng 2hours pag take ko Ng 2nd dose.. Then nag sex Po kami yesterday pro di na Po nya na pull -out. is it safe Po ba to take yuzpe method again?Thank you.

  5. Hello po, sana po manotice pleasee thankyouuu.
    -Jan 3 we had sex and did the pull out method. It was her first day of fertile window.
    – sabi sa tracker po niya jan 8-9 ang ovulation niya. Or 5 days before her ovulation.
    – 24hrs after intercourse nagtake po ng yuzpe method. 4 lady pills then 4 ulit after 12 hrs.
    – kagahapon po is may brown discharge po siya, kinagabihan naging red na po.

    1. Naging effective po ba yung pills?
    2. Normal po ba yung discharge? Cause po ba ng ovulation niya or ng pills yun?
    3. Expected date po ng period niya is 22-23. Period niya na po kaya yung lumabas?

    Maraming maraming salamat po!!!

    1. Hi, Reyna!
      1. Basta naman po nasunod lahat ng hakbang ng Yuzpe Method, ito ay up to 88% effective. Base sa inyong comment, mukha naman po nasunod niyo nang tama ang Yuzpe Method.
      2. Normal po ang discharge. Ito po ay reaksyon ng katawan sa pills, pero hindi po ito siguradong senyales kung effective ang inyong ginawa dahil may mga kaso po na effective naman ang Yuzpe Method pero hindi sila nakaranas ng spotting.
      3. Mukha po bang period na ito? Katulad po ba ito ng karaniwang regla? Kung hindi , hindi pa po ito ang regla at maaaring spotting lang dahil sa pills. Paalala lang rin po na ang Yuzpe Method ay nakakasanhi ng kaunting pagbabago sa susunod na menstrual cycle, tulad ng delayed period. May iba po na nadedelay nang 2-3 weeks ang kanilang regla.

  6. Hi po. Tinake ko po yung first dose ko ng sat and nung second dose ko ng sun and nag intercourse po kami ng boyfriend ko today and ovulation day ko rin po today. Magtatake pa rin po ba ulit ako ng yuzpe method?

  7. Hi. will I get my period while im taking the active pills or for when I’m taking the placebo pills? Should I have wait for 21 days before taking the placebo pills even when my flo period tracker says it should be tomorrow?

    1. Hi H! If this is your first time using pills, you might get your period while taking the active pills because your body is adjusting to the pills. But usually, periods happen when you’re already at the placebo pills. Whether or not you get your period, you should continue taking the pills without skipping a day. Read this as well: https://doitright.ph/oral-contraceptive-pills/

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