Even if you are the most prudent woman in the world, you are unlikely to be able to foresee and prevent all the tricks of fate. This is especially true for the genital area – the condom broke (or your partner does not want to use it, so as not to spoil the sensations), or your contraceptives (caps, spermicides, etc.) have treacherously failed. What can we say about cases when it comes to violence …
Emergency contraceptives are drugs that can help prevent pregnancy after unprotected intercourse for up to five days.
Emergency contraceptive methods can be hormonal (oral contraceptives) or mechanical (spirals). All this, to put it mildly, is not very useful.
Oral contraceptives “reverse” the course of menstruation, block ovulation, cause active uterine contractions, rejection of the endometrium, in a word, an acute hormonal failure occurs.
Among the types of emergency oral contraception, mifepristone is the most popular drug. It suppresses the action of female sex hormones and promotes uterine contractions. Combined oral preparations are also used – with progesterone and estrogen, or progesterone in its pure form.
Emergency non-hormonal contraception is the installation of a copper coil, which causes irritation of the uterus due to the presence of a foreign body, as a result, the uterus contracts, and the egg is not able to implant in the uterine wall. However, in order to install a spiral, you need a gynecologist, testing and, in general, the compatibility of the pelvic organs with such methods of contraception. Spiral is not the most common way in emergency situations.
Harm of emergency methods of protection
If more than seven days have passed since ovulation, there is no point in taking emergency measures, since the chance of getting pregnant is almost zero. Why doesn’t it make sense? If emergency contraception were so harmless, no one would think about safety in advance.
Regular, or careless and single, taking one of the means of emergency termination of pregnancy in the early stages, can lead to the cessation of ovulation (anovulation), infertility, diabetes, obesity, hypertension.
And as for the “soft” consequences, not so fatal, these are: vomiting, bleeding from the genital tract, cutting pains in the lower abdomen, dizziness.
Before taking any, even the most harmless means of emergency contraception, you should consult with your doctor in emergency mode.