Morning-after pills (emergency contraceptive pills) are hormonal methods of preventing pregnancy after intercourse has happened. It has to be taken within 72 hours of having unprotected intercourse, or if you missed taking the regular contraceptive pill or faced an issue of condom break. Read on to know more.
The morning-after pill is usually meant for emergency situations like unplanned sex, condom break or sexual assault to prevent an unwanted pregnancy. It is not to be used as the regular method of contraception. Frequent use comes with its own side-effects. So, its repeated use in a single menstrual cycle should be avoided.
In the true sense, emergency contraception is not meant for contraception. Rather it is interception. That means it prevents the pregnancy which may happen by interrupting the pregnancy process whereas contraception does not allow the pregnancy to happen by preventing the fertilization process itself.
In case of sexually active women, there are other suitable methods of regular contraception which they can opt for as emergency contraception is not an alternative to regular contraception. Regular contraception methods (birth-control pills) have beneficial health effects too in the long run along with contraception action. So, they are preferable to morning-after pills.
The barrier method (condoms) also prevent transmission of sexually transmitted diseases. Emergency contraception has neither of these benefits and if taken repeatedly may harm the normal hormonal rhythm and menstrual pattern of a woman.
If pregnancy is not in the plan, a regular method of contraception should always be opted for first and the use of emergency contraception should be reserved for real 'emergencies'. The other methods of emergency contraception are high doses of oral combined contraceptive pills and intrauterine contraceptive device.
For more information consult an emergency contraception and family planning specialist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/obstetrician-and-gynaecologist/emergency-contraception-and-family-planning
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07 Sep 2018 - 2 min read
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