Is Morning After Pill Available in the Philippines?
The answer is YES. However, it is not marketed as "The Morning After Pill" or the Plan B Pill, as it is known in other countries.
What is Morning After Pill?
Most women have no idea what Plan B or Morning After Pill is for. This is used as an emergency contraception after you have engaged in unprotected sex - yes, that is sexual intercourse without any birth control used. Since it is STILL NOT a common practice here in the Philippines to use contraceptives such as birth control pills, injectibles, condoms, etc., there is a huge chance that women have unwanted pregnancies. Sometimes, these unwanted pregnancies become a welcome blessing, but for some, getting pregnant causes dread and tons of problems. Morning After Pill is a drug that you take in order to prevent implantation of the product of conception.
Take Note: This will not terminate your pregnancy if you are already pregnant; this is used to avoid getting pregnant and not for termination.
What are the brands available?
In the US and other countries where it is sold as Plan B, Escapelle, Levonelle, NorLevo, Postinor-2, i-pill, "Next Choice" and 72-HOURS, the Morning After Pill has the generic name of levonorgestrel.
Here in the Philippines, it is not marketed as the Morning After Pill but rather as a simple oral birth control pill. The most common levonorgestrel brands are Nordette, Lady, Rigevidon 21 + 7, Trust, Femenal, Nordiol, and Seif.
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How to take the morning after pill?
If it is the REAL morning after pill (Plan B, i-pill, 72-Hours, etc.), you only have to take one pill on the first dose and another pill for the second dose. BUT, since they are not available here in the Philippines, you have to take the alternative pill, in this case, Nordette.
Remember, this is to be taken within 5 days of unsafe sex. Any longer than that, then your chances of getting pregnant would be much higher. Still, it is best to take Nordette within 24 hours after unprotected sexual intercourse, for utmost effectiveness.
Nordette is to be taken in two doses:
1st Dose – Take 4 round,orange pills within 120 hours of intercourse
2nd Dose - Take 4 round, orange pills 12 hours after 1st dose
Again, NEVER take Nordette or any other birth control pill if you are ALREADY PREGNANT.
Are there any side effects?
Most users experience what most women experience when taking the pill: Light nausea, dizziness and sometimes vomiting. This is very much normal, and please don’t think that it is a sign of pregnancy already (hey, remember, you only had unprotected sex no more than 5 days ago, right?). If it works effectively, you will have your menstrual period much earlier than the usual.
Where to buy Nordette?
Nordette is available in leading drugstores. Mercury Drug or Watson’s should have it. It is an over-the-counter drug and you won’t need any prescription to buy it. And you shouldn’t be ashamed to buy one. As a matter of fact, now that you are sexually active, you should be using it regularly, not as an EC (emergency contraception) pill but a contraceptive or birth control pill.
It is best to consult your OB-GYN first before doing anything like this. PLUS, you should make sure that you are NOT PREGNANT. This is very unsafe for pregnant women. If you are already pregnant, then this “PLAN” is not for you. Maybe, you should go for PLAN C, whatever that may be.