Published on Jul 18, 2017 and last reviewed on Sep 07, 2018 - 3 min read
Emergency contraception is meant for emergency use to prevent unwanted pregnancy. It is not an abortion pill and is not for regular use, as it has side effects.
Nearly half of the pregnancies are unintended, and this is particularly true for teenagers all over the world. Unsafe abortions are a major cause of maternal mortality in some countries, accounting for approximately 8 % of maternal deaths.
As science has progressed, there have been tremendous improvements in contraceptive choices for both women and men. Nevertheless, it is imperative that information spread should be such that clear message is sent to the public in general. As an end user, it is important for the public to understand the utility, safety, and side effects of the drug, as some of the drugs are available over-the-counter like I-pill, Unwanted 72, or Plan B.
As the name suggests, these pills are to be used only in emergency and offer 95 % protection from unwanted pregnancy. Emergency contraception refers to methods of contraception that can be used to prevent pregnancy after sexual intercourse. These are recommended for use within 72 hours, but they are more effective the sooner they are used after the act.
Two methods are recommended by WHO (World Health Organization), one is emergency contraceptive pills, and other is copper-bearing intrauterine devices.
A pregnancy rate of 1.2 to 2.1 % has been reported with Emergency Contraceptive Pills.
So, emergency contraceptives are an essential aspect of contraception, but it should be used with caution.
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