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The how, where, types, side-effects, cost of 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

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This post was last modified on December 26, 2022 8:59 pm

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    • 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.

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

  • 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.

    • there is a possibilty. but the chances are very slim. the chances of you getting pregnant are slimmmer if you take the postinor immediately after intercourse. thank you

    • do not use postinor more than once or at most twice a month. do not abuse the drug.

  • But doctpr.. If ladies took d postinor1 after an hour to unprotected sex.. Is she save

  • 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..

    • You can still be pregnant. No research has shown Postinor to cause infertility in the long run. Cheer up.

  • 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