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Althea as emergency contraceptive?

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Hi Doc, I am 28 years old and 4'7 in height and weighing 42 kgs.. I stopped taking Althea pills for almost 3 months now. Last night i had sex with my husband with no protection and I believe I am fertile. So i right away bought Althea pill and take 1 tablet at around 10pm. The following day, I took another 1 pill thinking that I can use Althea as emergency contraceptive. I did not stopped from there and I took again another pill at around 8PM now. I feel nauseous already. Is there is a possibility for me to get pregnant? Or I might be overdose? What should I do because I don't want to get pregnant yet. Thank you very much.

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replied August 21st, 2011
Birth Control Answer A26178
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The nausea can be attributed to the overdose of the hormonal contraceptive pills. Since you had stopped with the birth control pill use and had intercourse during your probable fertile days, chances of pregnancy cannot be ruled out completely. If you wanted to prevent pregnancy, you should have considered taking emergency contraception within 24-48 hours of unprotected intercourse rather than usual birth control pills. The dose of prevention of pregnancy while taking regular pills is 2 active pills taken immediately followed by 2 active pills after 12 hours. The birth control pills if started after gap of 4-6 weeks of stopping with the regular use, will not give you effective protection until you take it regularly for 3-4 weeks (it is like your first birth control pill pack use). Visit your gynecologist/obstetrician for further evaluation and assistance.
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