Contraceptive

Sex Facts – Decoding The Emergency Pill

Knowing when to use emergency pills

The sun is piercing through the window waking you up and the flashes of a wonderful night run past you. However, try as you may you just can’t remember one crucial detail in the hot love-making last night – protection! After all, you were pretty distracted. Frantically, you call all your girlfriends for damage control. And invariably all of them will refer you to the one old trick – the pink pill.
The sun is piercing through the window waking you up and the flashes of a wonderful night run past you. However, try as you may you just can’t remember one crucial detail in the hot love-making last night – protection! After all, you were pretty distracted. Frantically, you call all your girlfriends for damage control. And invariably all of them will refer you to the one old trick – the pill.

What is it?

The ‘After morning pills’, also known as emergency contraceptive pills, have been the saving grace for many women who have no intention of being faced with an unplanned pregnancy. The effectiveness of the pills depends on how soon you take them post unprotected sex. Sooner you take, higher the chances to prevent a pregnancy. It is advisable to take a pill within 72 hours of unprotected sex can prevent pregnancy.

In India, popular brands like I-Pill and Unwanted 72 have taken a lot of effort to establish themselves as a reliable source to confirm pregnancy.

However, do note not to confuse them with normal contraceptive pills. There is a reason they are called emergency pills, girls.

Moreover, these pills are available over-the-counter without a doctor’s prescription and are widely available. Most probably a squeamish chemist’s assistant would wrap it in a brown paper for you. Nevertheless, it is always better to consult a gynaecologist before popping one.

Here are a few facts you should be armed with before you decide to have an emergency pill.

1. Emergency Contraceptive (EC) pills are not abortion pills. They can stop pregnancy but will not to terminate it. They are highly ineffective if you are already pregnant.

2. Do lay importance to the word, Emergency in EC pills. EC They cannot be used as a regular contraceptive method and can result in severe side effects if taken more than twice a month.

3. Also, it is imperative to take these pills within 72 hours after unprotected sex, the effect wane out if taken later.

4. EC Pills check pregnancy by preventing ovulation or fertilization or implantation of the fertilized egg.

5. If you are worried about contracting STDs, we regret to inform that EC Pills do not offer any protection against them.

6. In the case of any long term medication for any ailment, it is best to clear it with your doctor before taking a pill.

7. EC pills are an authorized emergency contraception measure. They have no long-term or fatal consequence. However, there are temporary side-effects like irregular menstruation, nausea, sore breasts, lower abdominal ache, bloating, headache and vomiting. These effects normally don’t last more than a few days.

These pills, although not claiming a hundred per cent effectiveness in the issue, does seem to be a widespread practice. Even then, we would always preach to be safe and practice protected sex rather than rely on emergency pills later. As they a say, a stitch in time…

What is Safe Sex?

Staying safe is a basic human right. Especially when it comes to something as intimate as sex. The physical, emotional and chemical medley that sex is, it’s quite easy to get carried away and simply forget healthy ways of doing it.

So what’s the safe word for sex?
It is important to have your partner’s consent and also to practice safe sex. Technically, safe sex is nothing but sexual activity engaged in by people who have taken precautions to protect themselves against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or to prevent pregnancy. Here are some important things to keep in mind about safe sex:

  • Self-will: Safe is about being into it of your own free will.
  • Secure: Safe is about feeling secure and loved, at every level of body, mind and soul.
  • Self-esteem: Safe is also about sense of positive self-esteem, a feel-good about yourself.
  • Health and hygiene: These are the basics building blocks of Safe Sex.
  • How can you make sex safer?

    Be it for protecting yourself against infections (STIs) or upping your confidence, every man or woman has the right to demand safe sex.

  • Barrier to STIs: A male or female condom acts as a latex barrier, preventing the transmission of STIs. This is your safest bet to safe sex, so get out and explore various options. Today, the market is flooded with contraceptive methods such as chocolate-flavored condoms and extra-dotted ones. Use dental dams for oral sex etc. Read more on contraception here
  • Talk safe, be safe: ‘Communication’ is the cure to most of our trials and tribulations. So is the case for engaging in safe sex with your partner. Discuss the pros and cons of various contraceptives. A loving relationship must share respect and concern for well-being, and that includes safe sex. A few words of worth can do wonders for a great sex life.
  • Stay faithful, stay safe: Discover the awesome love that endures when one is committed to one partner. Chuck out the complications from your love life and avoid having multiple sexual partners.
  • Get in control, choose the best birth control: Are you newly married or a couple who are not planning to have kids? We suggest you try oral contraceptives, with guidance from a medical practitioner. Birth control is a great way to prevent pregnancy, though it does not protect against STIs.
  • More important than ever is to be aware and informed about your sexual health. Get yourself and your partner tested for STIs and together pledge to embark on the path to sexual wellbeing. Take charge of your sexual health today and set on the journey to a beautiful and healthy life ahead.