World Population Day: 11 things every woman must know about the i-Pill
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Last night after ‘getting it on’ you realised that you ended up leaving the condom inside her. Funny how that never takes place in Hollywood films. Or maybe the condom broke. Or some such scenario which funnily never happened to Michael Douglas in any of his movies.
And then it strikes you, the wonder called the i-Pill! Have it within 72 hours is what you remembered about it from the ads on TV. So she pops the pill and hopefully gets her periods after a month!
The maximum time period within which the pill should be taken is 72 hours, but the sooner you take it the more effective it is. Have it within 24 hours, or 12 hours in the best case scenario.
In the study ‘Emergency Contraception: A Last Chance to Prevent Unintended Pregnancy,’ it says, “About 45% of all pregnancies in the United States are unintended: 2.8 million occurred in 2011 alone, the last year for which data are available. Emergency contraception offers women a last chance to prevent pregnancy after unprotected intercourse.”
But many guys don’t realise the harmful effects of the i-Pill. So, this World Population Day, here’s an attempt to educate the average uninformed Indian male about the i-Pill:
1. The i-Pill is meant for emergency contraception and is not an abortion pill, those are different. Hence, it does not work if the woman is already pregnant.
2. It should not be used regularly since it is unhealthy if consumed more than two times in a month.
3. The maximum time period within which the pill should be taken is 72 hours, but the sooner you take it the more effective it is. Have it within 24 hours, or 12 hours in the best case scenario.
4. It is an oral tablet which needs to be taken with water and after eating some food. It is effective 95% of the time.
5. The i-Pill does not protect you from HIV/AIDS or other sexually transmitted diseases.
6. They are available at all local chemist shops and you do not need a doctor’s certificate for it. However, if the woman is on long-term medication for any illness, she should talk to a doctor before taking the i-Pill. She should also check with her doctor beforehand whether she might have any allergic reaction to the tablet.
7. Side effects of taking the i-Pill are headache, delayed menstruation, lower abdominal pain, headache and vomiting. These do not last for more than 2 days.
8. In case the woman’s next menses are delayed by more than a week, then she should go for a pregnancy test.
9. The i-Pill is suitable for women who are between 25 and 45. For teenagers it can have harmful effects on the reproductive system.
10. Regular usage can lead to harmful menstrual troubles or even damage the ovaries.
11. Lastly, be a gentleman for a change and get the i-Pill yourself instead of her going to the chemist shop and having to purchase it.
In conclusion, you should also remember that condoms don’t guarantee success all the time too. Like the comedian Bob Rubin said,
“Condoms aren’t completely safe. A friend of mine was wearing one and got hit by a bus.”
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First Published: Jul 11, 2017 07:49 IST