Contraceptive Methods after Unprotected Sex

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Aug 11, 2011

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  • You can visit your pharmacist and ask for Plan B emergency contraceptive.
  • Side-effects of the emergency pills are not serious if not made a habit.
  • Intra uterine device can prevent pregnancy in an emergency of unprotected sex.
  • You run the risk of contracting pelvic inflammatory disease with IUD.

In case you have had unprotected sex and are not ready for getting pregnant, it’s an unpleasant situation you do not want to get into. Fortunately, there are some good contraceptive methods that can prevent you from getting pregnant, if you are unsure about your last intercourse being safe. As these methods are not good for your health, make sure that you do not fall into this situation from next time.


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Emergency contraceptive

You can visit your pharmacist and ask for Plan B emergency contraceptive within 24 hours of unprotected sex. This type of contraception requires you to be of certain age and this will be verified by the pharmacist before selling. The sooner the better when you want to take such an emergency contraceptive for preventing pregnancy. You can take emergency contraceptive within 72 hours of unprotected sex. These have the effect of blocking implantation of fertilised egg, preventing ovulation or creating obstacles in the fertilisation process of the egg. Emergency hormonal contraceptives can be taken on any day without any regards for your menstrual cycle.

Side-effects of the emergency pills are not serious if not made a habit. Always bear in mind that emergency pills are not the norm. These pills have been found to cause nausea and vomiting in some women. Your doctor might give you medication for nausea along with the emergency contraceptive pill. You will also notice tenderness in breasts and your menstrual cycle would be disrupted after taking the pills.

Intra uterine device (IUD)

IUD or Intra uterine device can also prevent pregnancy in an emergency of unprotected sex. A copper IUD can be used for preventing pregnancy if it is done within 5 days. It has the lowest failure rate of all contraceptives. The success rate is 99 percent. An IUD blocks the process of fertilised egg’s implantation to the wall of the uterus. This is not a short-term option as the IUD can provide long-term solution for preventing pregnancy. A flip side of using this method is that you run the risk of contracting pelvic inflammatory disease.

You need to discuss with your doctor about the contraceptive methods that might be safe for you. In the future, be aware of the birth control methods most suitable for you and your partner. Condoms, intrauterine devices or any other method should be one you are comfortable with. Make sure that you use that protection every time.




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  • tina15 Aug 2011

    what is i pill?

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