Postinor in Nigeria.

postinor in Nigeria
Postinor: an emergency contraceptive pill in Nigeria

Why take postinor?

After a single act of unprotected intercourse, the the risk of pregnancy can be as high as 30% depending on when in your menstrual cycle the intercourse occurs and amongst other factors. Post-coital contraception, sometimes referred to as “morning after” or emergency contraception, provides a second chance for ladies who experience contraceptive failure (broken condom) or do not use a method, as well as for women who experience unplanned intercourse, including coerced sex or rape.

Types of postinor in Nigeria

There are 2 types of postinor available in Nigeria. We have the postinor 1 and the postinor 2.

Postinor 1 contains 10 tablets per satchet, while postinor 2 (as the name implies) contains just 2 tablets per satchet. Both postinor 1 and 2 are emergency contraceptive pills available in Nigeria. Postinor 1 and 2 contains the chemical called levonogestrel. Postinor 2 contains 750 microgram of levonogestrel and other ingredients like gelatin, talc and potato starch.

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Taking postinor

The sooner the better. The earlier you take the pills, the higher your chances of not getting pregnant. That postinor is called “morning after” or “day after pills” does not mean you have to wait till the next next day. Take the pills immediately after unprotected sex or within 72 hours (3 days) after sex.

How to take postinor

There is wrong information out there about how to take postinor in Nigeria. I am here to correct that. For postinor 1, there are 10 pills in a satchet, take 1 pill immediately after or within 72 hours after unprotected sex.
For postinor 2, take the first pill immediately and the second pill exactly 12 hours later OR you take the 2 tablets at once ( this is to prevent you from forgetting to take the second pill 12 hours later)
Now if you vomit within 3 hours after taking postinor, take another postinor. If greater than 3 hours, don’t bother taking another one.

How effective is postinor?

Postinor 2 is more effective than postinor 1. Let me say postinor 2 is an improved version of 1. Postinor 1 has even been phased out of the market already
Postinor 2 is about 85% effective depending on the time of usage. It prevents about 95% of unwanted pregnancy if taken within the first 24 hours. The percentage reduces when it is taken between 48-72 hours of unprotected sex.

Where can you get postinor in Nigeria?

Postinor 1 and postinor 2 are available in most pharmacy shops, health centres, public and private hospital across the various states in Nigeria. They are also available on Jumia, Jiji or Konga. Make sure you buy from established pharmacy stores to avoid getting fake or adulterated pills. Also, read the label to make sure it is not expired.

Cost of postinor in Nigeria

How much is postinor in Nigeria?Depending on your choice, postinor 1 or 2 is now expensive based on the global inflation and exchange rate. Postinor 1 in Nigeria costs #1,500 naira per satchet. A tablet of postinor 1 price in Nigeria is around #200- #350 naira if you don’t want to buy the sachet. The cost of postinor 2 in Nigeria (postinor 2 price in Nigeria) is #2,500 naira per satchet. These prices may be less or more depending on the location and the pharmacy shop or hospital.

When not to take postinor

Postinor 1 or 2 are emergency contraceptive pills that are abused by ladies and women alike in Nigeria. It important you AVOID the following:

  • Taking postinor when pregnant. Though it no effect on pregnancy, it should be avoided.
  • Using postinor as an abortion pill. Postinor is NOT an abortion pill.
  • Do not use postinor more than once (some say 4 times) in a menstrual cycle.
  • Do not use it as a long term choice of contraception. Injectables, minipills, IUD are better long term choices. Remember postinor is an emergency contraceptive pill.
  • Do not use it as a medication for weight gain. If you want to gain weight please eat.
  • Postinor do not protect you from sexually transmitted infections (STIs) like HIV, hepatitis B and C, syphilis etc
  • Consult a doctor before using postinor if you have any of the following conditions: liver disease, previous stroke, hypertension, asthma, migraine, heart disease etc. It has been found to worsen these diseases. Also medications for the diseases above reduces the efficacy of postinor.


Side effects of postinor

Just like every other drugs, postinor has its side effects. The side effects are worse with the drug misuse. The side effects are:

  • Cessation of menstrual cycle
  • Breast tenderness
  • Weight gain
  • Headaches, dizziness and fatigue
  • Spotting or bleeding
  • Heavy or scanty menstrual flow
  • Nuisea and vomitting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Fatigue
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Abdominal pain
  • Pimples or acne

Any important information about the use of postinor in Nigeria? Please make contributions.



    • Yes Grace,there are other methods in Nigeria.(1) The use of higher doses of oral contraceptive pills and (2) insertion of an intrauterine contraceptive device within 5 days of unprotected sex.
      But the most effective emergency contraception in Nigeria is the use of postinor.

  1. Dr. If a person had unprotected sex four days before taking postinor will it be effective? If not, are there any other preventive measures?

  2. After a surgical abortion,i had sex with my fiancee two days after and took the first tablet of postinor 2 immediately then took the second tablet exactly 12hrsi started bleeding lightly for 4Days there any possibility of me getting pregnant.

  3. Hi, I had surgical abortion on February 6th, had protected sex on march 11th but the condom broke and he pulled out 2 second before he cum. I took postinor 1, 2 dosage after 7 hours after sex and another 2 dosage after 1 hour. Am still worried..can I still be pregnant? Should i buy postinor 2 before 24 hours? Am I saved..

  4. Hello. Good day Dr. I had sex with my BF but unfortunately the condom broke and we didn’t know. so he came in me. Then I took postinor 1 like after an hour. I took two of the tablets at the same time. I didn’t wait for the 12 hours intervals. Now my question is can it still work?. Like is it still effective now?. Cos I took the 2 at once instead of 1 then after 12 hours, the other one? Thanks in advance for your reply. God bless

  5. Postinor shouldn’t be abused …but after I had sex last week I took postinor 1, i had sex this week again I took it again. Please is it safe?

  6. I took 8 postinor 1 tablets in a menstral cycle, I am having cramps, I’m afraid, is there anything I can do to stop the stomach upset. thanks

  7. i took postinor1 immediately I had sex.. few days later I noticed that I want to vomit but am not vomiting, anytime I eat..I feel the same thing. what should I do

  8. Hello doc
    My gf and I had sex five days ago.. Although I didn’t cum in her buh she is behaving strange to me…. Can I give her postinor 2 pls??

  9. I took postinor two and the side effects I’m getting is severe waist pain, I can barely sit down because the pain is excruciating, plus I’m bleeding though not heavy like the usual menses. Please what can I do doctor?

  10. Hello doctor
    My boyfriend and I had unprotected sex on Wednesday and he came in me twice
    I took postinor that night
    Then on Friday we had sex again but mid way he took off the condom and practiced withdrawal method.
    But I’m very paranoid about withdrawal method
    And I read that one should not take postinor more than once in a circle
    Am I still safe?

  11. Dr.. please I have unprotected sex due to the condom treat and after sex I have drink Andrew liver salt.. can it work because I don’t want to become pregnant..pls help me. Dr what will I do

  12. Please Dr I had sex with my girlfriend during her ovulation period,I
    don’t know that it was ovulation period I use withdrawal Method but not
    too sure whether little sperm was release on her so we bought postinor . Will she get pregnant or not

  13. hi my girl and i have sex and the condom broke and i come inside her she take postinor 2 tablet 10 hours after but later she was experiencing stomach pain.
    pls doctor what does that means we are scare

    • Don’t be scared.Taking Postinor 10hours after sex is commendable. However it is better you take it immediately. Postinor has some side effects. Abdominal cramps/stomach pain after taking the drug is one of it.

  14. How many of you invited the doctor to join you in your enjoyment? One more doctor this doctor that I will come and beat you, period.

  15. I appreciate what you are doing here doctor. Pls I had unprotected sex with my partner exactly 5 days today and took Beecham ampiclux that same day because of what postinor 2 made me bleed early this month so was afraid of taking the second time because of side effects.

  16. Pls doctor i had unprotected sex with my partner 5days ago took Beecham ampiclux, didn’t take postinor 2 because I already took earlier this month pls since u say ampiclux doesn’t work what can I take now that it’s five days

  17. Hi doctor am favour I sent my first comment but you actually asked me to complete it so u can reply, All meant was that I had with no condom with my partner and I didn’t take post in or 2 because I already took it this month before, so I took Beecham ampiclux but after reading ur reply u say Beecham ampiclux can’t do the work, what am asking is pls what can I take now because its already seven days, i had a very crappy pains yesterday in my Tommy am afraid doctor pls advice me

  18. Hi doctor am favour I sent my first comment but you actually asked me to complete it so u can reply, All i meant was that I had sex with no condom with my partner and I didn’t take postinor 2 because I already took it this month before I was afraid of side effects, so I took Beecham ampiclux but after reading ur replys were u said Beecham ampiclux can’t do the work, Then i decided to ask what can I take now because its already seven (7)days, i had a very crappy pains yesterday in my Tommy am afraid doctor pls advice me

    • The time to take Postinor is within 72hours after sex. Taking postinor 7 days after won’t work. I think you are anxious. Pregnancy is not the only cause of abdominal cramps. Please see a doctor. Thank you and sorry for the delay in reply.


    • No Danfodio, it is not everyone that takes postinor that bleeds or vomit.Very few persons suffer this side effect of postinor and they recover quickly.

  19. if a girl who is not sure if a guy sperm gets into her vagina takes postinor 2 within the 3 days of sex. will she be harmed if probably the sperm didn’t get to her vagina?
    if she has conceived can she know after taking the postinor

    • Thank you for commenting. I know you are talking about Beecham Ampiclox. Ampiclox is an antibiotics and not a an abortion pill or a pregnancy prevention drug. It is erroneously believed by some persons to flush out sperm and many use it as abortion pill or an after sex pill but this is wrong and it does not work. Postinor taken within 72 hours after sex remains the best bet for preventing pregnancy. I hope this answers your question.

  20. Hello Daniel. Postinor 2 is presently scarce in the market and the pharmacies that have Postinor in stock have increased their prices for the drug. Right now, postinor 2 is between #1000 to #1,500. This information I got from a pharmacist friend of mine. Thank you.

  21. Hello house. Please be informed that the active agent in Postinor is Levonorgestrel.

    Other brands of “morning after ” or “after sex” drugs that contains Levonorgestrel and can be used as emergency contraception pills are:

    1. Back-up: produced and marketed by Marie Stopes International. The pill Back-up contains Levonorgestrel 1.5mg. The price is #2,500 Naira.

    2. Postpill: Another brand of emergency contraceptive. It is sold for #1,000 Naira.

  22. Hi doctor… I had sex with my boo on Sunday evening and I took 2tablets of postinor 1 on Monday morning.. and we continue having the sex till Thursday evening will I be pregnant?

    • No. You will not. But use postinor 2 instead next time and support it with a condom especially when you were still having sex after taking postinor. It would have been better he uses condom thereafter as you cannot continue to take postinor repeatedly for every intercourse. It has its side effects you know. Postinor does not rule out the need for effective condom use. It is used when there is a one time episode of unprotected sex, rape or breakage of condom. Experts still recommend proper use of condom. It gives you rest of mind. Hope this answers your question @ Emmy?

    • It is not true. I just put a call through to a Pharmcist in one of the big pharmacy shops and she told me postinor 2 was around #1000 to #1800 naira. This is because it is scarce right now. Thank you.

      • (Unprotected sex)will a girl get pregnant 3 days after seeing her period?
        secondly can she take ampiclox with postnor2 ?
        Thirdly if postnor 2 is take just 4 hrs after unprotected sex is it too early?

        • You cannot get pregnant from having sex 3 days after your period. It is your safe period. (2) Postinor alone is OK. Ampiclox is not an emergency contraceptive. It is rather an antibiotic. Taking Postinor2 4 hours after sex is a wise decision and infact what is recommended by doctors. It prevents pregnancy by 95 percent. You can take it within 72 hours after sex but the earlier the better. In this case you took it early. Well done and thank you for commenting.

  23. After having unprotected sex for the first time, and having seen my menses 2weeks ago, can i take postinor 1 and still be safe? So scare of what side effect it will have on me

  24. Hello doc
    I was raped and I didn’t use anything till the following day, cause I went blank
    I just asked the pharmacist for postinor 2 and he gave me one of two tablets for #100, nothing was on it, he cut it out from a satchet and I didn’t even bother to check the make or what was written on it… that was the only place I could get and I had to take something
    I already used it but I just feel like its too cheap for #100 naira
    I’m not sure if I used the right drug
    I bought postinor 2(boldly written on it)
    Can I still use it?
    It’s still within 72 hours

    • Oh no. Sorry about that. Rape is a serious issue and you must report to the appropriate authorities.Dont keep quiet.

      Now back to the point. Since you have doubts, I advise you take the Postinor 2. Also see the doctor for some tests and psychological evaluation. Thank you for reaching out.

  25. Hello Doctor. Yesterday i was ovulating yesterday and my boyfriend and i almost had sex. Although he didnt penetrate but he said he had a pre cum and we were both wet. His organ danced around my vaginal and in some cases almost entered.. Will i get pregnant from the act. Meanwhile its been many years since i had sex and i was trying to stay celibate but things happen.

  26. Hello Doctor,
    I had an unprotected sex with a lady 8days after the first day of her period. On the following day( like about 15hrs after the sex event), she took 2 pills of postinor1 containing 10pills. Will she get pregnant?

  27. hello doc, I took postinor 2 on July 21 and postpill August 2
    I saw my period for the month of August, later had sex after my period on August 26 when I’m supposed to ovulate but the condom didn’t break because we both checked it
    the problem is I can’t see my period for the month of September I’ve used 3 pregnancy test already and it’s all negative and I’m 13 late already, what could be the cause
    I’ll be waiting for ur reply

    • It happens. Apart from pregnancy test, i will advise you do a scan to confirm you are not pregnant. However, disrupted period is one of the side effects of postinor. Once more, i advise you do a scan. Thank you.

  28. my bf and I had sex yesterday night, i bought postinor today but i was given 10 tablet so i took all 10 tablet at once. my ovulation date is near will i get pregnant.

  29. my bf and I had sex yesterday night, i bought postinor today but i was given 10 tablet so i used all the 10 tablet at once, my ovulation date is near will i get pregnant?

    • You wont get pregnant. But you overdosed yourself. I guess you bought postinor 1 because it comes in 10 tablets. You were supposed to take 1 tablet first and the next 12 hours later. Or you take the 2 tablets at once. Be guided.

  30. my bf and I had sex yesterday night I bought postinor today. i was given 10 tablet so i used all the 10 tablet. my ovulation date is near will i be get pregnant

  31. Hello Doctor, I had an unprotected sex with a lady yesterday around 6:00pm, since then we have been trying to get Postinor but no luck till now. Andrew liver salt and lime was recommended which she has used. Doctor, the sex took place 5days after her period which I don’t know if it’s safe period or not. the shocking part is that she see her period again (less than 24hrs) after the sex. my question is should I still get her the Postinor and can she be pregnant?

  32. Hello doctor
    My boyfriend and i had sex this morning he came inside me but i have taken postinor 2 my question now is that is there a possibility of me getting pregnant my period is in 9days

  33. Doctor I’m still a virgin but mg boyfriend’s precum might have touched my vagina….is it possible that I’m safe or do I still need to take the pill

  34. Doctor, I just had an unprotected sex with my boyfriend and this makes it two days after ovulation, though I’ve used one tablet from postinor 2 to take the remaining 1 twelve hours later, am I still safe?

    • Take it immediately. But mind you, for Postinor 2, you take the 2 tablets at once. Read the article again please. Again, if you know you are not in your safe period please always insist on condom. Better safe than never

  35. Hi Dr, I already took 1 tablet 10pm last night, should I get another one and use the two together or just go ahead to take the second tablet after 12 hours or just take it now?

  36. Hello Doc, I’m 4 days late on my period and I’ve used pregnancy test strips thrice which read negative but i’m not at rest as I’m not sure if I’m pregnant or not. Pls what should I do…

  37. Hello Doc, I was like 9 days late on my period then I went for pregnancy blood test I was told I was positive but now I saw my period yesterday….. Am I still pregnant even with this period?

  38. Hi Doc please I had unprotected sex day before yesterday and my partner release on me I took ampeclox immediately after the sex but can I still take postinor??

  39. I started seeing my menstruation cycle on 4th of may and it stopped on 8th, I have unprotected sex on 16th of may .and I talk postinor-1 on I save?

  40. Dr my girlfriend is pregnant for 5 days now and we want to abort it using drugs please what drug will I buy for her to take

  41. Doctor please is Sendinor 2 a contraceptive pill? If yes,how effective is it coz its postinor I usually use but I couldn’t find it here and can I still take d postinor 2 later if found even after taking sendinor 2?

  42. Hello Doc, What’s the current price range of Postinor? someone said she got a 10-tablet sachet for #250, can it be genuine?

  43. Dr
    me and my GF had sex last night and today was supposed to be her first period day
    It’s been 8hours now and I used postinor 1 tablet are we safe?


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