Morning After Pills: To be pregnant or not to be

Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of beauty and lust love, is an eternal virgin. She is an eternal virgin not because she never knew man, but every morning she bathe in a particular river which is said to give back her virginity. It is too sad that female race on earth are deprived of such a river at least few drops from that river, not to be a virgin for ever, but to just avoid an unwanted pregnancy. Do not worry; there are varieties of pills that will help you to avoid an unwanted pregnancy after an unprotected sex. These pills, rather a divine blessing in the form of pills, are generally known as MAP (Morning After Pills).

In the modern world sex is no more an emotion to be abominated; but an inclination to be satisfied and conciliated. Today, chances are too high for any women to end up in an unprotected sex, thus multiplying the possibility of becoming pregnant, unwantedly.

Morning after pills are said to be 80 percentage effective to prevent pregnancy.

In other words, if the third action occurs, her body rejects the living human embryo, and the child will die. This result is a chemical abortion.

The Process: The pill hampers the functioning of the corpus luteum - the gland that produces hormones to support pregnancy. It slows the speed at which the egg travels through the fallopian tubes and changes the uterine lining so that the egg cannot attach itself to the uteral wall. It makes the endometrium unreceptive for embryo implantation. If the pill is taken early in the monthly cycle, it delays ovulation.

Is it safe?
Here are some of the side effects:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Infertility
  • Breast tenderness
  • Ectopic pregnancy (can be life threatening)
  • Blood clot formation

Be Careful
But morning-after pills should only be used in an emergency, and not more than twice a week, as it can cause menstrual irregularity. It can also cause severe stomach upset and nausea in some women. Gynecologists cite changing sexual mores as the prime reason for the popularity of these pills. But they are worried by this trend. "These pills should not be used as an alternative to safe sex," says Dr Vijaya Patil, obstetrician and gynecologist. "In these times of HIV/AIDS, it is better to practice safe sex." Gynecologists say the pill is meant to be used in an emergency and so must be used sparingly. But a growing number of women are paying no heed.


  • Does not protect against sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS.
  • Most effective when taken as soon as possible after unprotected vaginal intercourse.
  • Your next period may come early or late. If it doesn't arrive within a couple of days of the expected time, see a doctor.
  • The morning-after pill does not protect you from pregnancy for the rest of your menstrual cycle.

Few Morning after pills available over the counter

  • Ethinyl oestradiol
  • Diethyl stilbestrol
  • Conjugated oestrogen
  • Ethinyl oestradiol
  • L-Norgestrol
  • Danazol
  • Mifepristone
  • E-pills

Story first published: Wednesday, August 22, 2007, 13:53 [IST]

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