Pregnancy that is both planned and chosen is a right of every woman. Considering the amount of responsibility that accompanies parenthood, it is natural and logical to be able to choose the right time in your life to have a baby. If you are a reproductive age woman (in between your puberty and menopause), and if you are sexually active, it is essential for you to consider your options regarding contraception. There are a variety of options available for you from hormonal pills to injectables and intrauterine devices. 

However, if you have found yourself in a situation where either you had unprotected sex or where your routine contraception has failed you, you may still have the option to turn the clock and prevent a pregnancy. Following points will help you understand the e-pill better.

Emergency contraception is for emergencies only!!

Please understand that popping an e-pill every time you have unprotected sex will not be a good idea. If you have been in a situation where you had to use e-pill more than twice in a month, it might be a good idea to see through your denial and opt for regular contraception. Talk to your doctor about your concerns if you have any and choose a more regular form of contraception

The e-pill

Available over the counter in a variety of names, this pill is essentially a progesterone-based drug. There are two phases in a woman’s menstrual cycle, one before and one after ovulation. Depending on which part of the cycle you are in, the e-pill will work on either delaying the ovulation or preventing implantation of embryo, if conception has already taken place. It is ideal to take the pill as soon as possible after unprotected sex or contraception failure (like a condom slipping or breaking). It should be taken within first 72 hours itself.

Expect a little change 

Once you have taken e-pill, be prepared to expect a slight delay in your periods or change in flow. Some women also complain about irregular cycles for the next 2-3 months after taking e-pill. Even after taking the e-pill, there is a small chance that you may still conceive. Therefore please take a pregnancy test if your cycle is delayed.

Fix an appointment

Once you have taken the e-pill, it would be preferable for you to fix an appointment with your gynae and let her guide you on future course of action. It would also be conductive to discuss contraception in detail once you are through this phase.

Important notee-pill is just an emergency contraception pill. It is not an abortion pill and should never be taken if you already know you are pregnant. 

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