For single unprotected intercourse occurring in mid
cycle (the woman has to be sure that it is really THE FIRST unprotected act) there are
ways to avoid a pregnancy. Your doctor can guide you as to which is the better one for
- Pills: The failure rate is less than 1.5% and it is better to try this than keep praying
till the due date. The pills are to be started within 72 hrs of the intercourse. Ask your
doctor to also prescribe anti nausea medicine as hormones are given in high doses and
likely to cause nausea and vomiting.
- IUD insertion: within 5 days after one episode of unprotected mid cycle intercourse will
also prevent pregnancy. The disadvantage of insertion is possible infection. But if
ongoing contraceptive protection is wanted, this is the method of choice.