In India I pill is not the name of an emergency contraceptive pill rather it is the base of ‘Sex Revolution’ among teenagers and youth. It may be a little shocking to read about but it’s a truth. Indian youth started exploring it’s sexuality to the optimum level after the emergence of pills like I pill & Unwanted 72 without caring about their after effects on the health of the girl.
Most youngsters have unprotected sex depending on these emergency contraceptive pills. However, i-pill or any other emergency pill is not a contraceptive pill you can depend on daily. With the fabulous marketing that these pills do, it has succeeded in making it one of India’s most favored ‘emergency contraceptive pills’. In a country like India where people only expect you to have sex after getting married, these advertisements are highly misleading.
But before you think of it as a miracle pill, you should know about the dangerous side effects of these emergency contraceptive pills. Given below are 10 facts about the emergency pill that every sexually active woman must know about and ask their partner for a much safer option like condom.
1. The emergency contraceptive pill is not an abortion pill. It stops pregnancy but cannot terminate it. Therefore it is ineffective if a woman is already pregnant.
2. The pill is to be taken soon after unprotected sex. It should be taken preferably within 24 hours and before 72 hours or else the pill may turn useless. Emergency contraceptive pill is 95 per cent effective only if taken in time.
3. It does not offer protection against HIV/AIDS or other sexually transmitted diseases.
4. If you are on long-term medication for any ailment, consult a doctor before taking the emergency contraceptive pill.
5. Nausea, breast tenderness, delayed menstruation, lower abdominal ache, headache, vomiting and irregular menstruation are some of the temporary side-effects of the emergency contraceptive pill. However, these effects subside within a day or two depending on the metabolism of the woman.
6. A woman who has an allergy to Levonorgestrel (contraceptive pills) must consult a doctor before taking the contraceptive pill.
7. The emergency contraceptive pill is to be used only as an emergency contraceptive method. It should not be used as a regular contraceptive method and is quite unhealthy if taken more than twice a month.
8. The emergency pill is only safe for women between the ages of 25 and 45. It is not the best contraceptive method for teenagers. With the rate of teenage pregnancy growing in India, it is essential that schools and colleges start a sex education campaign where they educate the youth about the harmful side effects of the i-pill on a developing reproductive system.
9. The emergency contraceptives are hormonal pills and its long time usage can lead to severe menstrual problems or even ovarian damage.
10. According to ISARC researchers, emergency pill can reduce sexual interest; lead to skin allergies and also prepone periods in some women. Other women complain of severe headache which is a result of hormonal imbalance.
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