Saturday 17 April 2021
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The Morning After PILL

Emergency contraception (EC) which is often known as Plan B, is emergency birth control commonly known as the ‘morning after pill’ that prevents pregnancy after rape or unprotected sexual intercourse.
Emergency contraception can reduce the risk of pregnancy if used within 120 hours of unprotected vaginal intercourse. The sooner it’s taken, the better. If used within 72 hours of unprotected sex, it can reduce the risk of pregnancy up to 89 percent.
This is an emergency contraceptive – to be used in emergencies only. However, it has become more and more common for women to use it as an actual birth control and for men to casually give women money to buy it after having had unprotected sex. Many men are such frequent users of this method, that they know the exact price of the EC.
This is because romantic, stable and long-term relationship are beginning to grow “out of fashion” and being of all ages are having more and more casual sex.
Also the concern for most people these days is not contracting a sexually transmitted disease, but rather falling pregnanr, which makes the overuse of an EC much more common as more individuals settle for brief hook ups and one night stands.
Yes it prevents pregnancies, but there is a conflict.
The Lounge chatted with different individuals of different sexes to hear their take on this trend.
Ann-Adeva explained that from her conversations with her peers, they tend to use morning after pills more often than required or that is healthy since one’s body can build a resistance towards the pill. The morning-after pill is not actually recommended as an ongoing form of birth control as it is not as effective when preventing pregnancy as birth control methods like the monthly pill, patch, the injection or implant.
Also, frequent use of emergency contraception may cause one’s menstrual cycle to become irregular and unpredictable and overuse can in fact increase your chance of catching a case of the pregnancy.
Once taken it does not prevent pregnancy from any further unprotected sex within the rest of your menstrual cycle (unless you attend for a subsequent prescription of emergency contraception).
Ann-Adeva further expressed that pharmacists should start explaining the use of morning after pills because prescriptions are not necessary. “Most people’s sexual education comes from their peers so they don’t always know the extremities of their behavior,” she continued.
She also added that most pharmacists simply ask if the one purchasing the medication has used it before without keeping a record of previous purchases.
Another participant in our discussion, Arvashni contributed that “a lot of them [girls] don’t realise that it’s actually unsafe to take EC’s repeatedly.
And the women do who take them repeatedly are mostly the ones who aren’t in a relationship but just having casual sex, they don’t realise the dangers, they’re just looking for a way to avoid getting pregnant after a hook up. I’ve noticed that women in relationships tend to go on actual long term contraceptives.” She added that men are only concerned with making a girl pregnant rather than STD’s or infections. The Lounge also spoke to Absalom to get a man’s perspective on this topic. Absalom suggested that generally, contraceptives are a good thing for unwanted pregnancies.
“Lately and simply put, the emergency contraceptive (morning after pill) has sort of allowed us to stop using condoms with the assurance of a morning after pill the next morning to prevent the pregnancy. I don’t know why but, to many the thought of getting pregnant or impregnating someone’s daughter is more scarier than contracting STD’s, AIDS etc,” he said.
The upside however is that morning after pills are a fair resort to avoid pregnancy and they are easily accessible.
In essence, a friend in need is a friend indeed.
That makes the morning-after pill a best friend and assures you that everything is going to be just fine.
By just fine we mean not pregnant.  The very real concern is of course every other disease you could contract and could infect any of one’s (multiple) partners with.
Safety should always be first and here at The Lounge we urge women to take control of your bodies.  Go for regular health screenings, pap smears and discuss an appropriate and safe contraceptive method that would work best for you, your body and your lifestyle.

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