The best way to prevent unwanted Pregnancy: Postcoital Contraception (Emergency Pills)

Emergency Control Pillsor emergency contraception is used to prevent an unwanted pregnancy after unprotected sexual intercourse or in different circumstances where the condom has split, and other unforeseen instances. These pills are recommended to use within 3 to 5 days after the sexual intercourse. The earlier they are taken, the better they act.

The working of the Pill

These pills contains levonorgestrel, artificial, or human-made progesterone released by the ovaries.  It is believed to stop the ovulation or the release of an egg. These pills have to be taken within 3 days or 72 hours after the sex. It does not disrupt the standard method of contraception, and women can continue with their contraception schedule.

The thing to be kept in mind is that having unprotected sex any time after having these pills may not allow them to prevent pregnancy. These pills are not the regular mode of contraception, but women can consume emergency contraception more than once in the same menstrual cycle if the need is so.

The after Effects

Usually, theemergency pills [ยาคุมฉุกเฉิน, which is the term in Thai]do not have any severe side effects; they are common like nausea, vomiting, fatigue, andslightly irregular vaginal bleeding. These effects are mild and generally resolve on their own without having the need for further medications. The intake of these pills may make the menstrual cycle heavy and a bit more painful than usual.

The emergency contraceptive pills do not harm future fertility, and there is no delay in return to fertility.

Effectiveness of the Emergency contraceptive Pills

According to studies, 99% of the women who consumeemergencypills do not become pregnant. Studies reveal that ECPs with LNG has a pregnancy rate of 1.2% to 2.1%

When to take the Emergency Pill?

You may feel the need of taking the emergency pill when:-

  • You forgot to take some of your regular contraceptive pills.
  • In case you have taken Levonelleto take the contraceptive pills within 12 hours of the emergency pill.
  • In case you have takenellaOneyou need to wait 5 days before taking the next contraceptive pill.

Medical Requirements

There are no special medical requirements to take the emergencypill.Women of all age who can reproduce can use emergency pills except these should not be considered as a regular method of contraception as it may affect the body adversely in the long run.