Unprotected sex, falling out of the spiral or skipping a contraceptive intake can all lead to an unplanned pregnancy. In such situations, gynecologists prescribe drugs for emergency contraception, one of which is Zhenale.
The contraceptive drug "Zhenale" belongs to the category of drugs that are used to prevent pregnancy at any stage of the monthly cycle. The main active ingredient in the composition of the drug mifepristone is a synthetic analogue of the sex hormone progesterone, which is produced in a woman's body. Also, the composition of the drug includes auxiliary shaping components:
The pharmaceutical manufacturer produces the drug in the forte of tablets. The retail package contains 1 tablet of 10 mg in a foil blister and an annotation.
How does the drug work?
The mechanism of action of mifepristone is to inhibit ovulation or prevent the attachment of a fertilized egg to the lining of the uterus. The active ingredient, entering the bloodstream, after 2-3 hours enhances the contraction of the myometrium, which leads to the rejection of the egg. The rejection product is excreted naturally in the form of bloody discharge (menstruation).
Indications for the use of "Zhenale"
Gynecologists prescribe a drug for emergency postcoital contraception within three days after having unprotected sex or skipping a regular contraceptive.
The drug is not intended to terminate an existing pregnancy. Also, the drug is not used for permanent contraception.
Contraindications to the appointment
- Intolerance to the components in the composition of the drug.
- Renal or hepatic impairment.
- Diseases of the blood of various origins.
- Pregnancy and lactation.
Mode of application
It is important for a woman to seek the advice of a doctor, who, based on the analysis and ultrasound examination, will determine the need for taking the drug.
The Zhenale tablet is taken once 2 hours before or 2 hours after a meal with plenty of water. In the case of a positive effect of the pill, the menstrual cycle begins.
If the effect of taking the drug has not come, you should consult a doctor for advice.
After taking the drug, the following body reactions may appear:
- gastrointestinal disorders;
- pulling pain in the lower abdomen;
- vaginal discharge.
It is not recommended to take NSAIDs within 10 days after the application of "Zhenale".
While taking the drug, alcohol should be excluded, as there is a risk of increased side effects.
Analogues, price, conditions of release and storage
The cost of the drug "Zhenale" is 450 - 600 rubles, depending on the region of sale. Dispensed from the pharmacy with a doctor's prescription.
The drug should be stored at room temperature, out of the reach of children.
Self-medication can harm your health, you need to consult a specialist.