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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.

6. Unlike condoms, emergency contraception does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV.

7. And last but not least: why would you put yourself in the OMG EMERGENCY mindset on a regular basis, when you can have freedom of mind by just choosing a reliable, regular contraception method?

Think about it. You’re smart. And you know where you can get the facts.



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