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Morning After Pill: Everything You Need to Know About the Emergency Contraception

Morning After Pill: Everything You Need to Know About the Emergency Contraception

Oh oh, an accident can happen! For this reason, we can find emergency contraception or the morning after pill. A safe and generally effective way to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex.

What Is the Morning After Pill?

The emergency pill or morning-after pill is a contraceptive method endorsed by the World Health Organization, known as WHO; whose component is progestogens in high doses.

However, combined oral contraceptives could be used for the same purpose of emergency contraception at a dose recommended by your gynecologist.

How Does It Work?

The emergency contraceptive pill helps prevent pregnancy when it is taken up to 5 days after unprotected sex , or when there is a risk of pregnancy due to failures in, for example, barrier methods such as the condom and a rupture occurs. used incorrectly or in the case of contraceptive pills, when the woman has forgotten to take more than two pastes.

Keep in mind that the faster it is taken, the more effective it will be. The morning-after pill works by preventing or delaying the release of the egg from the ovary or by delaying ovulation. Therefore, this method is not useful in women in whom the pregnancy has already begun, that is, they are not abortifacient, nor do they cause infertility in women.

How Effective Is It?

Its effectiveness as we said before depends on how quickly, after unprotected sex they are used. In addition, the moment of the cycle in which the morning-after pill is taken is very important. Since, once ovulation has occurred, its effectiveness will decrease or even be ineffective .

OUT OF 100 WOMEN WHO HAVE UNPROTECTED SEX DURING THE FIRST WEEKS OF THE CYCLE AND TAKE THE EMERGENCY PILL, ONLY ONE WILL BECOME PREGNANT. 

Risks of Taking the Morning After Pill

Side effects that could occur after taking the emergency contraceptive or morning-after pill are changes or irregularity in menstrual bleeding for the next two months, nausea the days after taking it, fatigue, headache, tenderness in the breasts, vomiting, or dizziness. In addition, of the high doses to which they are exposed for its effectiveness, it does not have any risk to the woman’s life.

In addition, it is important that you know that these symptoms may appear and that an intervention is not necessary. Because irregular bleeding will soon return to normal in your cycle and the named symptoms will be transient.

Recommendations

The emergency contraceptive or the morning-after pill, as its name indicates, will only be used for emergency use and cannot become the routine contraceptive for women, due to its high doses of progestogens.

Ideally, it is the use of a regular method of contraception to be able to enjoy your sexuality in a healthy and healthy way. So you can plan your future and the number of children you want to have.

USING THE MORNING-AFTER PILL COULD DELAY YOUR PERIOD FOR UP TO A WEEK. IF YOU DON’T HAVE YOUR PERIOD WITHIN THREE TO FOUR WEEKS OF TAKING THE MORNING-AFTER PILL, TAKE A PREGNANCY TEST, ” STATES THE MAYO CLINIC.

Lastly, don’t forget that you should opt for a regular planning method, be it oral pills, injectables, intrauterine systems, or natural methods. We recommend using contraceptive methods duly prescribed by your gynecologist in order to have the peace of mind of living sexuality free of unwanted pregnancies. And remember, when it comes to wellness at the Collaborative Research Group, we think of you.

The above content is for educational and informational purposes only  and has been developed with reliable medical sources and recommendations from health experts. If you feel identified with any symptoms, described medical term or you are a patient, we recommend consulting your doctor. 

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