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Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Contraceptive pills – are they safe or not ?

Contraceptive pill or an emergency contraceptive is a type of birth control that is prescribed when a woman has unprotected sex in order to prevent pregnancy. Youngsters have unprotected sex and pop these pills indiscriminately without understanding that they do not protect one from STDs. These morning-after pills usually contain Levonorgestrel, a synthetic form of Progesterone, which works by inhibiting ovulation and thus preventing fertilization. It may play havoc with your natural hormonal levels if taken very frequently. Our expert Dr Mini Nampoothiri answers some of the frequently asked questions about the pill:
What is the Morning after pill?
Dr Mini Nampoothiri:  Morning after pills are emergency contraceptives that we recommend when someone has had unprotected sex, after situations such as condom tear or in dire circumstances like a rape. Although it is a fairly uncomplicated way of preventing a pregnancy, it should not be used as a method of regular contraception. It is always better to protect yourself with condoms or other birth control methods at all times.
When should the pill be taken?
Dr Mini Nampoothiri: It should be taken within 72 hrs of unprotected sex. The earlier, the better.


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