Why using contraception when there is the emergency pill?
Posted on: October 31, 2019
Why take the pill every day or use another contraception method when I can always use emergency contraception (often called the morning after pill)?
Here’s why what might sound smart at first, just isn’t:
1. Not ready for a baby yet? Then pregnancy prevention should be a top priority when choosing your protection method. Emergency contraception only stops your ovaries from releasing an egg in the moment you take it. That means: if you’ve ovulated already, the morning-after pill won’t stop your egg meeting his sperm. In other words: you might get pregnant. It’s not a reliable everyday protection.
2. Efficacy is key. And while the morning after pill is 95% effective if taken within the first 24 hours after unprotected sex, that number drops to 58% if taken within 49-72 hours. That means 42 out of every 100 women in a year will experience an unintended pregnancy. Quick comparison: the regular daily birth control pill is 91% effective, when it’s taken correctly.
3. Using it repeatedly can interrupt your natural menstrual cycle.
4. When you compare the costs to a regular contraception method in the long term, the costs are much higher.
5. Compared with the regular daily birth control pill, the hormonal dosage is way (>10 times) higher.