Mrs. Richa Varun came to me a couple of days. She is 26 years old and has taken about 5 plus emergency in the past 4 to 5 weeks. She is married for more than a year and the couple yet to plan for children. Shockingly, she is unaware about the side effects of using the pill as a contraceptive method. She came with a few issues that her menstrual cycle is been fluctuating and unable to find her right ovulation period.
Emergency pills are available as OTC drug in almost every pharmacy with name of iPill or Unwanted72.
When is an emergency pill effective?
Emergency pills are effective if you consume within 24 hours of pregnancy and remain to be somewhat effective if you take it within 72 hours of unprotected sex.
This is not a birth control method, rather an emergency contraceptive drug. You should not use it more than twice a month.
It is simply assumed as one of the easiest way to avoid pregnancy. And the real notion behind the proper use of the pill is simply overlooked.
Five things about emergency pill you should take care
It is a hormonal pill
Emergency pills control your hormones and prevents you from getting pregnant. This may lead to chronic hormonal problems. It delays menstruation and cause excessive bleeding as well as erratic menstrual pattern.
There are side effects
There is no emergency pill without side effects. Besides impacting reproductive functions, many women who used emergency pills (even occasionally) complain about severe headache, skin rashes and allergic reactions.
This is not an abortion pill
It is not an abortion pill. Yes, it happens in a few cases. If a woman is already pregnant, say about 30 to 40 days of pregnancy (and she is unaware) emergency pills won’t work.
Pill does not imply you practiced safer sex
To avoid pregnancy that may likely to happen during unprotected intercourse young girls are using pills to prevent pregnancy.
Condom is better replacement for an emergency pill. For couples, complaining about low sensitivity while using condom, there are ultra thin condoms available in the market to help you with.
It may interact with your drugs
If you already have any hormonal problem or have been on a medication for a long time, the pill may interact with your drugs and cause severe side effects. Consult a gynecologist before hand.
Do not use emergency pills more than twice a month!
You should have proper knowledge about the consequences of using an emergency pill. There are many contraceptives available. You can consult with a physician to know more about the different types of contraceptives and about safer as well as protective sex to avoid the complications.