Why Are Emergency Contraceptives Bad For You

Why Are Emergency Contraceptives Bad For You

Emergency contraceptives is a type of birth control that women use after having sex without protection. It is also used when common methods of birth control fail, such as condom rupture and missing on regular contraceptive pills. They are also referred to as “pills in the morning.” They work primarily by either delaying ovulation or blocking the conception-promoting hormones.

Side-effects Of Emergency Contraceptives

1. Not 100% Effective

Studies have shown that out of 100 women, even after taking an emergency contraceptive pill, about 10 women conceived. This shows that they are not effective at 100 percent. The efficacy also depends on the type of contraceptive emergency used. An IUD is the most effective with a success rate of 99 percent. Plan-B has efficiency rates ranging from 52% to 100% anywhere. And, the efficiency of Ulipristal ranges from 62% to 85%.

2. Do Not Protect You From STDs

Emergency contraceptives do not protect you from sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV, Syphilis, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and HPV, unlike male and female condoms. Therefore, it is best to avoid emergency contraception if you are not sure about your partner’s sexual health.

3. Cause Vaginal Bleeding

Vaginal bleeding is one of an emergency contraceptive pill’s common side effects. Ideally, bleeding should not last longer than 2-3 days. If it continues even after 3 days, however, it is an indication of a serious health problem that requires immediate medical attention.

4. Cause Nausea And Headache

After taking a pill, some women have nausea and headache. It could also cause vomiting in the worst cases, causing dehydration. Although these are general side effects and need not worry about much, having these symptoms could interfere with the normal routine for a long time. If the symptoms occur after 2 days, it is best to consult your doctor.

5. Interfere With Normal Menstrual Cycle

Research shows that women who consumed an emergency contraceptive pill either before or after the actual date had their cycles 3–4 days before. About 13–14 percent of women had menstruation that was extremely painful. If periods are delayed by one week or more, it is suggested to take a pregnancy test.


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