Article Text

PDF

A pre-coital pill? A preliminary in vitro study
  1. Gabor T Kovacs, MD, FRCOG, FRACOG, CREI, Reproductive Gynaecologist,
  2. Jacqui Hendricks, BSc Hons, Research Student,
  3. Deborah Summerbell, SRN, SRM, Nurse Practitioner and
  4. H W Gordon Baker, MD, PhD, FRACP, Andrologist
  1. Monash Medical School, Box Hill Hospital, Victoria, Australia
  1. Correspondence Professor Gabor T Kovacs, Monash Medical School, Box Hill Hospital, Nelson Road, Victoria 3128, Australia

Abstract

The use of the progestogen-only pill as a ‘pre-coital contraceptive’ was tested by in vitro studies of sperm-mucus interaction. The results suggest that a single tablet of levonorgestrel 30 μg, or norethisterone 350 μg, was effective in preventing sperm migration in the cervical mucus about 12 hours later. This suggests that the progestogen-only pill may be effective as a ‘morning before pill’.

Statistics from Altmetric.com

Request permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.