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(pohst-koh-i-t'l)

occurring after sexual intercourse. p. contraception ( emergency contraception) prevention of pregnancy after intercourse has taken place. This can be achieved by two spaced oral doses of levonorgestrel (Levonelle) taken within 72 hours of unprotected intercourse; or by the insertion of an IUCD within five days of unprotected intercourse. p. test a test used in the investigation of infertility. A specimen of cervical mucus, taken 6–24 hours after coitus in the postovulatory phase of the menstrual cycle, is examined under a microscope for the presence of motile spermatozoa.

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