EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTIVE PILL: WHAT TO KNOW

EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTIVE PILL

Emergency contraceptive pill (ECP) is a pill used by a woman after having an unprotected intercourse (sex), to prevent her from getting pregnant. It is sometimes called "the morning-after pill," "the day after pill," or "morning-after contraception or post-coital pill. the term ”morning-after pill” is misleading;

ECP may be initiated sooner than the morning after—immediately after unprotected intercourse—or later—for at least 72 hours after unprotected intercourse.

The word “Emergency” is important to note. If you are sexually active or planning to be, don't use emergency contraception as your only protection against pregnancy. Also, emergency contraception does not protect against sexually transmitted infections, like HIV.

When to take ECP?


Emergency contraception offers women a last chance to prevent pregnancy after unprotected intercourse. If you are not using any other contraceptive methods and you have had intercourse. The condom broke down or came off during the act. If you have missed at least 2 or 3 of your regular birth control pills, or if you were forced to have sex.

Side effects of emergency contraception:


Side effects include nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, breast tenderness, headache, dizziness, and fatigue. These usually do not occur for more than a few days after treatment, and they generally resolve within 24 hours. Change in menstrual patterns( irregular menses) is also common.
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