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Can You Take An Emergency Contraceptive Pill During Periods?

Navigating the realm of reproductive health can often be confusing, particularly when it comes to emergency contraception. A commonly asked question is whether it's safe and effective to take an emergency contraceptive pill during periods or menstruation.

This blog seeks to shed light on this subject, aiming to empower individuals with the knowledge needed to make informed decisions .

Understanding Emergency Contraceptive Pills

An emergency contraceptive pill (ECP) is a form of contraception or birth control that is taken to prevent an unintended pregnancy after unprotected sex (when no contraception is used) or contraceptive failure (for example, when the condom breaks, slips or leaks during sex).

It is taken as soon as possible within 72 hours after unprotected sex or contraception failure. It works primarily by preventing or delaying ovulation, and is not effective if a pregnancy has already begun.

An ECP should only be used as a backup option for contraceptive emergencies and not as a regular method of contraception.

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Taking An Emergency Contraceptive Pill During Periods

The question of whether an ECP can be taken during periods has a straightforward answer: YES. It is safe to take an ECP at any time during the menstrual cycle. The timing of the cycle does not impact the pill's safety.

However, it is crucial to understand that an ECP's primary role is to prevent ovulation. Taking it during periods might feel counterintuitive since the likelihood of ovulation during periods is low. But in case of irregular cycles or uncertainty about ovulation dates, it is safe and recommended to take an ECP than to risk an unintended pregnancy.

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It is both safe and advisable to take an emergency contraceptive pill (ECP) during periods if the situation calls for it. As with any medical decision, it is important to be informed and considerate of your body's needs. Always consult a doctor if you're unsure about the best course of action. By understanding the facts and dismissing myths surrounding ECPs you can navigate your reproductive health with confidence.


This blog, including its text, images, and infographics, are for educational purposes only and not a substitute for professional medical advice. For personalized advice, always consult a doctor.

Further Reading

For more details on this or related topics, refer to the papers listed in references below, the FAQs on the ECP page, or other blogs on the Learn page of our website


  • Mayo Clinic. Morning-after Pill. 2022.

  • Clinical Drug Investigation. A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of the Adverse Effects of Levonorgestrel Emergency Oral Contraceptive. 2020.

  • Contraception. Safety data for levonorgestrel, ulipristal acetate and Yuzpe regimens for emergency contraception. 2016.

  • Contraception. Effect of levonorgestrel emergency contraception on implantation and fertility: A review. 2022.


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