Emergency Contraception Pills

The Emergency Contraceptive pill helps in preventing pregnancy after intercourse.

Most Emergency Contraception (EC) Pills, work by giving the body a short, high, burst of synthetic hormones. This disrupts hormone patterns needed for pregnancy. This affects the ovaries and the development of the uterine lining, making pregnancy less likely. Depending upon where the woman is in her menstrual cycle, the hormones prevent pregnancy in different ways. It prevents ovulation (the egg leaving the ovary and moving into the fallopian tube). It blocks the hormones needed for the egg to be able to be fertilized. It may affect the lining of the uterus and alters sperm transport which prevents sperm from meeting the egg and fertilizing it.

EC may be effective up to 120 hours (5 days) after intercourse. But, it is most effective within the first 24 hours. Emergency Contraception reduces the risk of pregnancy by 75 - 89%. EC does not protect against reproductive tract infections, including HIV/AIDS.

What is the difference between emergency contraception, the "morning after pill", and the "day after pill"?

Actually, there is no difference. Emergency contraceptive pills are often called "morning after pills" and sometimes even "day after pills" because you can use them after sex to prevent pregnancy. Most of the time, when someone mentions “emergency contraceptive pills,” “morning after pills,” or the “day after pill,” they are talking about using the same hormones found in regular daily oral contraceptive pills to reduce your chances of becoming pregnant if you had sex without using contraception, you think your birth control failed, or you were forced to have sex.

Depending upon which country you reside in, the brands available may vary. The most popular EC pills for each country are listed as follows:

Pill Name



Countries where currently marketed

Alterna Alliance Pharma Progestin-only Mexico
An Ting 0.75 Shenyang No.1 Progestin-only China*
An Ting 1.5 Shenyang No.1 Progestin-only China*
Anthia Medimpex UK Ltd. Progestin-only France*
Bao Shi Ting (Postinor-2) Gedeon Richter Progestin-only China*
Bi Yun (10 mg) Hubei Ge Dian Ren Fu Mifepristone China*
Bi Yun (12.5 mg) Hubei Ge Dian Ren Fu Mifepristone China*
Bi Yun (25 mg) Hubei Ge Dian Ren Fu Mifepristone China*
Contraplan II DKT Egypt Progestin-only Egypt
Control NF F.Paraguaya Combined Paraguay
Diad Simed Progestin-only Brazil
Duet Famy Care Progestin-only Laos
E Pills Hindustan Latex Progestin-only India**


Cadila Healthcare


India**, Kenya, Myanmar


ZAFA Pharmaceuticals



ellaOne HRA Pharma Ulipristal acetate Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom
Emkit ZAFA Pharmaceuticals Progestin-only Pakistan, Peru
Emkit Plus ZAFA Pharmaceuticals Progestin-only Pakistan
Escapel Gedeon Richter Progestin-only Ecuador
Escapel-1 Gedeon Richter Progestin-only Chile
Escapel-2 Gedeon Richter Progestin-only Chile
Escapelle Gedeon Richter, Mekim Ltd, Pharmaplan Ltd. Progestin-only Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus*, Bulgaria*, Czech Republic, Estonia*, Georgia, Hong Kong, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia*, Lithuania*, Malaysia, Moldova, Poland, Romania*, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia*, South Africa*, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan*, Vietnam*
Escapelle 1.5 Gedeon Richter Progestin-only Slovenia*, Ukraine




Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore
Evital Ethical Progestin-only Dominican Republic
Evitaren Libra Progestin-only Uruguay
Fang Xin Guang Zhou Langsheng Progestin-only China*
Fu Nai Er Shanghai New Hua Lian Mifepristone China*
Glanique Asofarma Progestin-only Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela
Glanique 1 Asofarma Progestin-only Ecuador
Hou Ding Nuo Zhejiang Xian Ju Mifepristone China*
Hua Dian Hubei Ge Dian Ren Fu Mifepristone China*

Hui Ting 0.75 mg

Beijing Zhong Hui



Hui Ting 1.5 mg

Beijing Zhong Hui


i-pill Cipla Progestin-only India**
Imediat N Gador, SA Progestin-only Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Paraguay, Uruguay
Impreviat Orbis Progestin-only Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Peru
Jin Xiao Beijing Lilinghengtai Progestin-only China*
Jin Yu Ting Beijing Zizhu Progestin-only China*
Ladiades 0.75 Ultra Laboratorios Progestin-Only Mexico
Ladiades 1.5 Ultra Laboratorios Progestin-Only Mexico
Lenor 72 Unicure Remedies, Ltd. Progestin-only Zambia

Levogynon 1500

Gedeon Richter

Progestin-only Germany
Levonelle Medimpex UK, Rex Medical Progestin-only Italy, New Zealand*
Levonelle 1500 Medimpex UK Progestin-only Denmark*, Ireland, United Kingdom*
Levonelle-1 Intensive Care Products, Rex Medical Progestin-only Australia*, New Zealand*


Medimpex UK Progestin-only Australia*, United Kingdom*
Levonelle One Step Medimpex UK Progestin-only United Kingdom*
Levonorgestrel Biogaran 1500 Medimpex UK Progestin-only France*


Iran Hormone Co. Progestin-only Iran


Biolab Co., Ltd. Progestin-only Thailand
Minipil 2 Sigma Pharma Progestin-only Brazil
Next Choice Watson Progestin-only United States
Nogravide Hebron Progestin-only Brazil
Norgestrel-Max Biotenk Progestin-only Argentina

NorLevo 0.75mg

HRA Pharma Progestin-only Albania, Australia*, Canada, India**, Slovenia*, South Africa*, Turkey, Venezuela
NorLevo 1.5mg HRA Pharma Progestin-only Belgium*, Benin*, Burkina Faso*, Cameroon*, Congo (Brazzaville)*, Congo (Kinshasa), Cyprus, Denmark*, Finland*, France*, French Polynesia*, Gabon*, Ghana*, Greece, Guinea Conakry*, Hong Kong, Iceland*, Ireland, Italy, Ivory Coast, Korea (Republic), Lebanon, Luxembourg*, Madagascar, Mali*, Mauritania*, Mauritius*, Morocco, Netherlands**, Niger*, Norway**, Portugal*, Senegal*, Spain, Sweden**, Switzerland*, Taiwan, Togo*, Tunisia*
Optinor1 ICON/ IPPF Progestin-only Angola, Antigua, Aruba, Bahamas, Belize, Benin, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chile, Comoros, Congo (Brazzaville), Congo (Kinshasa), Dominica, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Niger, Rwanda, Sao Tome, Senegal, St. Lucia, Tajikistan, Togo


Uniao Quimica Progestin-only

Bolivia, Brazil

Pill 72

Cipla Progestin-only

India**, Madagascar, Myanmar

Plan B

Teva Progestin-only

Canada, United States

Plan B One-Step Teva Progestin-only United States


Cifarma Progestin-only


PostDay IFA Mexico Progestin-only Chile, Columbia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru


Gedeon Richter, Medimpex UK Ltd., Medline


Armenia, Australia*, Azerbaijan, Belarus*, Belgium*, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Luxembourg, Moldova, Mongolia, Myanmar, Russia, Spain*, Tajikistan, Thailand*, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan*
Postinor 1500 Medimpex UK Progestin-only Austria*, Belgium*, Finland, Greece, Luxembourg, Netherlands**, Portugal*, Spain*
Postinor-1 Gedeon Richter, Intensive Care Products Pty. Ltd, Chempharos CO, Rex Medical, Farmage SAC, Aciprosalud C.A. Progestin-only Aruba*, Colombia, Dominica, Guatemala, Korea, Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand*, Peru, Suriname*, Venezuela


Gedeon Richter, Intensive Care Products Pty. Ltd, Farmage SRL, ACHE Laboratorios Farmaceuticos, Mekim Ltd., PT Tunggal Idaman Abdi Jakarta, Pahang Pharmacy, Biofarma Natural CMD, Laboratories Genpharma, Rex Medical, Society for Family Health, Shaheen, Farmage SAC, Delfi Singapore, Family Planning Association of Sri Lanka, Medimpex Jamaica, Lab Libra, Aciprosalud C.A.


Albania, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, China*, Colombia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Ethiopia, Hong Kong, India**, Indonesia, Jamaica*, Kenya, Lithuania*, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, New Zealand*, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Romania*, Saudi Arabia, Serbia/Montenegro, Singapore, Slovakia*, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam*, Yemen, Zimbabwe
Postinor-2 Unidosis Biofarma Natural CMD Progestin-only Mexico
Postinor Duo Gedeon Richter Progestin-only Poland
Postinor New Gedeon Richter/Trima Ltd. Progestin-only Israel
Postinor Uno Gedeon Richter/ACHE Lab. Progestin-only Brazil
Postpill FamyCare Progestin-only Ethiopia
Pozato Libbs Farmaceutica Progestin-only Brazil
Pozato Uni Libbs Farmaceutica Progestin-only Brazil
PPMS Panzyma Laboratories Progestin-only Brazil, Nicaragua
Pregnon FamyCare Progestin-only Bolivia, Botswana, Cambodia, Colombia, Domincan Republic, Ecuador, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Jamaica*, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Paraguay, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Uganda, Zambia
Preventol Hindustan Latex Ltd. Progestin-only India**
Prevyol Sigma Pharma Progestin-only Brazil
Prikul Nolver S.A. Progestin-only Nicaragua, Uruguay
Pronta HRA Pharma Progestin-only Paraguay
Rigesoft Gedeon Richter Progestin-only Hungary
Secufem Urufarma Progestin-only Uruguay
Seguidet Alfa Progestin-only Dominican Republic
Shi Mi An Beijing Zizhu Mifepristone China*
Silogin 0.75mg Laboratorios DIBA Progestin-only Mexico
Silogin 1.5mg Laboratorios DIBA Progestin-only Mexico
Smart Lady (Pregnon) Famy Care Progestin-only Kenya
Tace Gynopharm Progestin-only Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru
Tetragynon Bayer Schering Pharma Combined Denmark, Estonia, Iceland, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland
Unlevo 1500 Medimpex UK Progestin-only Italy
Unofem HRA Pharma Progestin-only Germany
Vika HRA Pharma Progestin-only Mexico
Vikela HRA Pharma Progestin-only Austria*
Yu Ting Beijing Zizhu Progestin-only China*

1Unless otherwise indicated, Optinor is available only at family planning clinics.

* available directly from a pharmacist

** available over-the-counter

† These are one-pill, single dose formulations (one pill = 1.5mg levonorgestrel)




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