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Often after engaging in sexual intercourse, a lot of us pop in an Ipill – a pill that helps in preventing chances of pregnancy. It is best effective within first 24 hours of sex.
Only 1 IPill needs to be taken.
Emergency contraception can prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex or if your contraceptive method has failed – for example, a condom has split or you’ve missed a pill.
Ipill is a brand, the hormone which prevents pregnancy is levonorgestrel; a synthetic version of the natural hormone progesterone. In a woman’s body, progesterone plays a role in ovulation and preparing the uterus for accepting a fertilised egg.
But not all of us understand what really happens to our bodies when we are popping IPill?
Depending upon where you are in your cycle, levonorgestrel( the hormone responsible ) may work in one of these ways:
- It may prevent or delay ovulation.
- It may interfere with fertilization of an egg.
There are be a number of probable side effects
You could also experience one or more side effects after consuming an ECP.
The kind of side effects that women experience generally differs from individual to individual, as each body reacts to differently.
Common side effects include:
- headache, nausea, abdominal pain, dizziness, fatigue, mood changes, vaginal discharge, decreased libido, hot flushes and irregular menstrual cycle.
- Some rare side effects may also call for medical attention. These include chest pain, shortness of breath, eye problems like blurring of vision, severe leg or arm pain and severe abdominal pain.
Less side effects include:
- breast tenderness
However, all the alarming side effects mentioned on the back of the pack do not necessarily happen to most people. In fact, most women do not feel any side effects at all and the pills are well tolerated by the body.
More than one I-pill in a month should be avoided and it should only be used for emergency contraception purpose and not otherwise.
WHO recommends the usage of these pills to girls and women who are at a risk of unintended pregnancy, after unprotected sex