Postinor or Escapel, drug choice

Since both drugs are completely identical, consist of the same active substance, have a similar list of contraindications, side effects and level of effectiveness, you cannot compare them from the position of “worse” – “better”.

One Postinor tablet contains 750 mcb of levonorgestrel. You need two to drink. In total, with an interval of 12 hours, in the end, 1,500 microbes of the substance end up . When taking Escapel, the same amount of levonorgestrel enters the body at once – the tablet immediately contains 1,500 mcb of synthetic hormone.

Medicine does not give any scientific explanations of how better it is – all at once or twice in half. So, take this fact into account when choosing, perhaps, not worth it. Although, if you think that the body will be easier to transfer the “hormonal surprise” in parts – take the “Postinor”. In the end, self-hypnosis is also a powerful thing.

One cannot but admit that Escapel is more convenient – took one tablet and forgot. After all, if you don’t drink the second at “Postinor” – consider that the first was drunk in vain.

Perhaps the only factor affecting choice is accessibility. The cost of “Postinor” in Russian pharmacies ranges from about 300 to 400 rubles. At the same time, it is almost everywhere available, so buying it will not be a problem either for residents of megalopolises or for women from the hinterland. Escapel will cost about 450-500 rubles. And it is still not sold everywhere. Although in most pharmacy chains and large pharmacies it is.

The fact that sex is needed not only for conception, people realized even at the dawn of civilization. And since then they have been working non-stop on the search and improvement of methods for preventing an unwanted pregnancy. Today, a variety of “sexual protection” options are offered for both men and women. Most of them are aimed at preventing the very fact of the meeting of the sperm with the egg and should be used “before”. However, in the event that everything has already happened, and preventive measures for some reason were not used or misfired (a condom broke), the so-called emergency contraception methods come into play. We will talk about the two most popular and affordable drugs in this category.

Postinor is a pioneer of postcoital contraception

Today it’s hard to say how and when the Postinor appeared. But the fact that it still remains the most popular means of emergency contraception is a fact. It is freely sold in any pharmacy and is very modest.


The drug is two small tablets. One needs to be drunk as soon as possible after unprotected intercourse (but no later than 72 hours later), the second – 12 (maximum 16) hours after the first. You can apply on any day of the cycle.

“Postinor” is based on levonorgestrel (a synthetic analogue of the female sex hormones progestogens). In simple terms, it creates the conditions for slowing down the progress of sperm, and also does not allow a fertilized egg to attach to the uterine cavity for the development of pregnancy.

In the first hours after taking Postinor, vomiting may occur . If this happens, experts recommend taking another pill. In addition, various allergic reactions, diarrhea, dizziness and headache are possible. Many women complain of drowsiness, fatigue, pain in the lower abdomen, discomfort in the mammary glands, spotting from the genitals.

“Postinor” is contraindicated in liver diseases (severe failure), lactose intolerance, lactase deficiency, glucose-galactose malabsorption, hypersensitivity to the components of the drug, under the age of 16 years. Caution should be taken when taking Postinor suffering from Crohn’s disease, diseases of the biliary tract, jaundice (including those who had previously had it), lactating women (in case of taking tablets, resume feeding at least every other day). Of course, Postinor is useless and contraindicated during pregnancy.

The effectiveness of “Postinor” when taken in the first hours after unprotected sex is estimated at 95%. Then it decreases to 58% in direct proportion to the time elapsed since the sexual intercourse. After 72 hours, the reception is ineffective.

Escapel – the road to the young!

In recent years, the “old man” of “Postinor” has been actively crowded with a younger analogue of “Escapel”. The drug is already one tablet that must be taken as soon as possible after unprotected coition.


The main component of Escapela is the same synthetic hormone levonorgestrel. The drug works the same way as its predecessor – it creates a viscous environment inside, which makes it difficult for sperm to move, does not allow a fertilized egg to attach to the uterine cavity.

Women who have taken Escapel may face such troubles as vomiting (if it happened less than three hours after taking the pill, take a new one), pain in the lower abdomen and chest, spotting from the genitals, drowsiness, allergies, and head stool disorders pain.

“Escapel” is contraindicated in liver diseases (severe failure), lactose intolerance, lactase deficiency, glucose-galactose malabsorption, hypersensitivity to the components of the drug, under the age of 16 years. Suffering from Crohn’s disease, diseases of the biliary tract and jaundice (including those who have had it before), lactating women (if you take pills do not breast-feed for 24 hours), be careful when taking Escapel. It is pointless to drink “Exapel” during the onset of pregnancy.

The effectiveness of Escapela is completely analogous to Postinor.

To drink or not to drink?

Neither Postinor nor Escapel should be used as a permanent method of contraception. Their intake is an exceptional case, which is recommended to be used no more than once a year. A particularly serious blow to the body can be obtained by using postcoital contraception twice or more in a single cycle. In addition, it is worth remembering that taking emergency contraceptives increases the risk of an ectopic pregnancy.

However, emergency contraception methods are indispensable when “something went wrong,” and pregnancy at this stage of life is clearly not included in the plans. In any case, taking the pill in the first 72 hours is much safer than subsequently aborting the pregnancy. By the way, if the pill didn’t work (albeit infrequently, but, alas, it happens even when used correctly) and the pregnancy has come, there is no need to interrupt it. But you should definitely consult a doctor!

No contraceptive method has a 100% guarantee of protection against unwanted pregnancy, and emergency contraception does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases.

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