About Emergency Contraceptive Richter
Richter is a type of emergency hormonal contraceptive, commonly known as the morning after pill. The morning after pill is an emergency contraceptive method that you can use after you have unprotected sex or when your regular contraceptive method has failed. For it to be effective, Emergency Contraceptive Richter must be taken within 3 days (ideally in the first 12 hours).
Emergency Contraceptive Richter contains levonorgestrel. This active ingredient helps prevent unwanted pregnancy in two ways:
- It works by inhibiting or delaying your ovulation - a process where your ovaries release a mature egg for the sperm to fertilize.
- If an egg has already been released, levonorgestrel will keep the sperm from fertilizing the egg.
It’s important to take Richter as soon as you can since the effectiveness of all morning after pills depend on how soon you take the medication.
How Effective Is Emergency Contraceptive Richter?
Studies show that if used within 72 hours, Richter can prevent unwanted pregnancies 84% of the time. It’s more effective when taken within 12 hours after unprotected sex. Please remember that this medication is not for regular use.
How To Use
Take one tablet of Emergency Contraceptive Richter no later than 3 days after unprotected sex. Ideally, you should take Richter within the first 12 hours, when it is most effective. If you plan to engage in sexual activities after taking Richter, make sure to use barrier method contraceptives (e.g. condoms, cervical caps, etc.) to lower your risks of getting pregnant. Keep doing this until your next period.
You can take Richter anytime in your cycle. If your period has been delayed by more than 5 days, contact your doctor or take a pregnancy test.
You cannot use Emergency Contraceptive Richter twice or more in the same menstrual cycle as it may cause abnormalities in your menstrual patterns. This emergency hormonal contraceptive is not suitable for women who are under 16 years old.
Take another pill if you vomit within three hours of taking Richter as your body may have not absorbed all the hormones yet.
Emergency Contraceptive Richter is NOT for:
- Women who have had an ectopic pregnancy in the past. Contact your GP immediately if you experienced strong bleeding or abdominal pain.
- Women taking medications for HIV, fungal infections, tuberculosis, epilepsy, St John’s Wort, and ciclosporin. Richter may not work properly if you are taking these treatments, so we advise that you use extra contraceptive methods to protect you from pregnancy.
Like all medicines, Emergency Contraceptive Richter also has its side effects. Take note that most of these side effects are mild and not all women experience them. The common side effects of Richter are:
- Lower abdominal pain
- Irregular bleeding
- Breast tenderness
- Delayed period
If your period is heavier or lighter than normal or if it has been delayed by 5 or more days, get in touch with your doctor immediately.