How effective is Chateal?
When taken correctly, Chateal is more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. This means that fewer than one woman out of 100 women who use Chateal for contraception will get pregnant in one year. Other forms of birth control, such as the IUD and implant, may be more effective than Chateal.
Chateal for emergency contraception
Chateal is indicated for emergency contraception. The dosage for emergency contraception is 4 white (active) pills as soon as possible after unprotected or inadequately protected sexual intercourse, followed by 4 white pills 12 hours after the first dose. Although it can be used for emergency contraception, it is not as effective compared to progesterone (Levonorgestrel or mifepristone) only. The progesterone-only pills, commonly known as plan B, are the preferred medication for emergency contraception.
Alternatives to Chateal
Chateal is one of many different types of contraceptive pills and it may take you a while to find the right one for you. If you have a sensitivity toward estrogen, you can try the progesterone-only or ‘mini pill’. The mini pill is also a better choice for women who are breastfeeding. If you’d prefer not to have to take a pill every day or you find it difficult to remember, your options include implants, the intrauterine device (IUD) and hormonal injections. Make sure you speak to your doctor about the side effects of these alternatives. They can help you find the right contraceptive method.