Primolut N tablet contains the active ingredient norethisterone, which is a synthetic hormonal product similar to the natural female hormone progesterone.
"Out of their eagerness to observe fasting throughout the month of Ramadan without missing any days, many young women customers, including unmarried, are coming to buy Primolut N tablet.
We determined that women were misusing Primolut N or "N-tablets" as emergency contraception.
Interventions should consider regulating and implementing the correct use of Primolut N tablets, better training of community health nurses regarding the management of family planning side effects as well as how to dispel rumors of perceived side effects, proper education of family planning among reproductive age women, an increase in family planning outreach activities, including men in family planning, introduction of modern methods of fertility awareness such as Standard Days Method[R] and the Two-day Method[R], and an implementation of a toll-free phone number that women could use to seek advice on family planning.
A study of the use of Primolut N tablet as a contraceptive in the Kumasi Metropolis of Ghana.
(c) Primolut N or "N-tablets" (d) Percent of respondents who recognized at least one family planning method.
Twenty-seven percent of women reported using "N-tablets", the common name for Primolut N tablets (a pill containing 5 mg of synthetic progesterone called norethisterone or norethindrone), as emergency contraception even though it is not a WHO-recommended regimen.
Primolut N tablets, as noted on the manufacturer leaflets found online, are meant to be used to regulate menstrual cycles, dysmenorrhea and endometriosis.
Another study reported that 4 percent of 'at-risk' women (aged 18-35 who had at least 3 coital acts per week and two sexual partners in the last three months) in Kumasi in 2009 were using Primolut N as an emergency contraceptive.
The misuse of Primolut N tablets had real consequences for the women who take them.
Several of the women who cited this had experienced Primolut N's ineffectiveness themselves, which resulted in an abortion or unwanted pregnancy.