The emergency pill, popularly also known as the Day After Pill, has become a quick and viable solution to avoid unwanted pregnancies, usually in specific cases, in which they work as an alternative to regular contraceptive methods.
As its name indicates, this pill is designed for emergencies; when the condom breaks or you have forgotten to take the regular contraceptive pill, for example.
They usually contain the same hormones as daily contraceptive pills (estrogen, progestin, or both) but in higher doses, so that continued consumption, or regular use as a contraceptive method, can have unintended consequences for health.
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Since the emergency pill was not designed for regular use as a contraceptive, the medical tests that have been performed have been related to the safety and efficacy of its use according to these stipulations and in these conditions.
In other words, the effect that regular use would have is not clearly proven, although it is unanimously discouraged.
It is known, however, that frequent use, say more than three times a month, would aggravate the side effects that usually entail, ranging from nausea and abdominal pain to headaches and fatigue to dizziness and vomiting.
Its use as the main contraceptive method is potentially dangerous due to the number of hormones they contain, which in the long term can cause health problems for women and also problems related to pregnancy or the baby.
On the other hand, the effectiveness of day-after pills is generally less than that of regular contraceptive methods. That is to say that having unprotected sex and then taking the emergency pill implies a higher risk of pregnancy than, say, the usual contraceptive pill.
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