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Did you know this about i-pill?

Did you know this about i-pill?

16 Aug 2019

Emergency contraception is taking off the ground as the most effective way to prevent pregnancy after an episode of unprotected, unsafe sex. The widely popular ‘morning-after pills’ have eased the stress on the generation that is exploring their sexuality. An unwanted, unplanned pregnancy can be a nightmare and most women end up aborting the child in these scenarios leaving them feeling guilty, fearful, ashamed and regretful. To help women not get into this pitiable state, various emergency contraceptive pills have flooded the market. One such popular morning-after pill is I-Pill – and while it has proved to be very effective, it also needs to be noted that it cannot and should not be used as a regular measure of contraception. Let’s discuss I-Pill in advance.

What Is I-Pill?

It is a hormonal pill, which works by delaying ovulation and/or by preventing the meeting of the egg and the sperm. Piramal Healthcare has marketed the I-pill so successfully that it has become a household name – but not many know that it is not be used as regular contraception.

How Does I-Pill Work?

I-pill contains sex hormone progesterone that averts pregnancy by delaying ovulation, preventing an egg from releasing or preventing sperm to encounter the egg, or by changing the uterus to prevent implantation. I-pill also prevents pregnancy by inhibiting the release of the egg for fertilization by the sperm or by preventing implantation. If no egg is released, the sperm cannot fertilize and so pregnancy cannot take place. It also thickens the cervical fluid to make it difficult for the sperm to meet the egg.

How to Use I-Pill?

Popping an I-pill is the easiest thing to do if you are anxious and stressed out after an episode of unsafe sex. Just go through the advice on the packaging that takes the pill within 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected sex with a glass of water, the sooner you take it, the better your chances of not conceiving. You can take it before or after food.

What Are The Benefits Of I-pill

Emergency contraception has given the power of choice to millions of women across the globe so that babies can be made when they want and not by chance. An unplanned or unintended pregnancy can result in abortions and if the baby is carried, it may weigh heavily on the mother, the father or both. I-pill can also help prevent teenage pregnancies, and unwanted pregnancies due to forced sex or rape. In case of failure of contraceptive being used, I-pill can be an effective way to avert a pregnancy without going through the mental and physical trauma of abortion.

Can I-pill Affect Periods Cycle?

Withdrawal bleeding is generally observed 3-4 days after consuming I-pill. The periods will come after about a month, or earlier in some women.

Are There Any Side Effects Of I-pill?

I-pill or any other contraceptive pill should never be made an excuse to practise unsafe sex – and should not be taken as a regular contraceptive pill. As the name suggests, the I-pill 72 is primarily and the emergency contraceptive pill and some known and lesser-known 7 minor and major side-effects of I-pill that you should be aware of are:

1.   Being a hormonal pill, it should be used in case of emergencies only as long term un-administered usage can create menstrual and ovarian issues

2.   I-pill is not an abortion pill – it can only stop a pregnancy from happening and not abort an existing pregnancy

3.   There are different views on whether I-pill is safe for breastfeeding mothers- it is best to consult your doctor if you are lactating.

4.   Fatigue, abdominal pain, breast tenderness, nausea and vomiting are some of the common side effects of I-pill which should go away in a day or two

5.    Periods can become unpredictable if you depend on I-pill more than once in a menstrual cycle

6.    Regular use may make spotting i.e. vaginal discharge a constant issue

7.   Hormonal imbalance in the body can lead to a series of headaches, mood swings, skin allergies and acne

What Precautions Should Be Taken After Consuming I-pill?

Because I-pill contains Levonorgestrel, women who are allergic to it should consult the doctor before consuming it. I-pill should only be used after an isolated episode of unsafe sex and should not be consumed as a regular contraceptive measure. You should avoid taking them more than twice in 6 months.

All in all, the I-pill is one of the most commonly available and highly effective emergency contraceptive pills – and it should be reserved for emergencies only


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