Common mistakes while using emergency contraceptives
Everyone makes mistakes, some more dangerous than others and there are some mistakes that can be life changing, like having unprotected sex even when one doesn’t plan on getting pregnant. Even though there is not 100% chance that you may get pregnant after having unprotected intercourse and there is no contraceptive that guarantees 100% success rate, it is better to be safe than sorry.
Even then there are times where one can accidentally forget about a birth control pill or a case of broken condom may happen. This is the part where emergency contraceptives come in. Women now are more in control of their reproductive choice than they ever were and emergency contraceptive like Plan B is a backup plan if birth control fails. There are even different forms which may which makes it easier for women to choose a kind that fits well with them. Even so, there are steps you should take to make these medication work better.
Primarily, you can do so basic research on ‘back-up’ contraceptives
Information about emergency birth control
One of the most common methods of ‘back-up’ pregnancy prevention method is the morning after pills like Plan B pill which contains levonorgesterel, synthetic hormone progesterone that delays ovulation.
Other type of alternative is the copper IUD Intrauterine device which also a well known birth control option in general; however IUDs also serve as emergency pregnancy prevention method which can be used up to five days after unprotected intercourse. IUDs work effectively for preventing pregnancy both before and after unprotected sex and have a success rate of 99.9 percent.
Now that you know your options, you have to stay clear of the following mistakes that can make even emergency contraceptives fail.
· How soon can you take the pills?
Mornings after pills are the most effective when you take them within 3 days, i.e. 72 hours. They have less probability of working when taken on the fourth or the fifth day and are ineffective after that time period. If you have to measure its effectiveness, the efficiency rate is about 75%-89% within 72 hours which decreases rapidly after.
Therefore the sooner you take the pills, the better it works. This is one of the main reasons why women should be able to buy Plan B online, because easy and quick access is needed for them to be effective.
· Vomiting after taking the pill
There are types of emergency contraceptives that contain high quantity estrogen, which can make people nauseous. Now, there are other EC like Plan B which don’t rely on estrogen hormone, so there are less chances of nausea.
On the other hand there are people who take several pills of EC, which sounds good on paper, but there is high possibility of vomiting after taking two or more pills. Vomiting following ingesting the pills has greater chances of pills not working.
Therefore, if you throw up within an hour or more after taking the pill, you will need another dosage as the pill might not have metabolized in your body. It is unlikely that throwing up after an hour will regurgitate the pill, but if you vomit and see the pill, it is a concern.
· Body mass index limit
If your body mass index (BMI) is over 25, morning after pill like Plan B are less effective due to problem in distribution of the drug in the body.
· Unprotected sex after taking EC
There are women who get Plan B online and have it ready for consumption. This can be good thing, except when it becomes a habit. As Plan B only delays ovulation, it doesn’t stop it, therefore further intercourse can still get you pregnant.
· Having unprotected intercourse while ovulating
If you have unprotected intercourse when you are about to or are ovulating, or even just done ovulating a day before, you are more likely to get pregnant as it is your most fertile time. As EC prevent pregnancy by delaying ovulation, and ovulation is already happened then there are little chances of emergency birth control working.