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9 side effects of pímorning after squid

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9 side effects of pímorning after squid
9 side effects of pímorning after squid

The morning after pill is used to prevent an unwanted pregnancy, being considered an emergency contraceptive, and should not be taken as a daily contraceptive. This pill can cause some side effects, such as delay in menstruation or dizziness, and they usually last a few days and vary from woman to woman.

The main side effects that the emergency contraceptive pill can cause are:

  • Nausea and vomiting;
  • Bleeding outside of menstrual period;
  • Pain in belly or lower abdomen;
  • Excessive fatigue;
  • Headache;
  • Sensitivity in the breasts;
  • Diarrhea;
  • Dizziness or vertigo;
  • Irregular menstruation, which may advance or delay bleeding.

Also, although they are rarer, other side effects may appear such as hives, itching, swelling of the face, pelvic pain, painful menstruation or the formation of small blisters on the skin.

Side effects can appear either in the single dose levonorgestrel pill, with one 1.5 mg tablet, or in the two-dose, with two 0.75 mg tablets, or in the emergency pill containing ulipristal acetate.

See how to take and how the morning-after pill works and what your period looks like after taking this emergency contraceptive.

What to do

Some side effects can be treated, or even avoided, as follows:

1. Nausea and vomiting

It is recommended to eat right after taking the pill in order to reduce nausea. If you feel sick, you can take a home remedy, such as ginger tea or clove tea with cinnamon, or use antiemetic medication. See which pharmacy medicines you can take.

If vomiting occurs within 1 or 2 hours after taking the morning-after pill, it is recommended to repeat the dose.

2. Headache and abdominal pain

If the woman has a headache or abdominal pain, she can take an analgesic, such as paracetamol or dipyrone, for example. If you don't want to take any more medication, follow these 5 steps to relieve your headache.

3. Breast tenderness

To relieve pain in the breasts, you can put warm compresses, as well as take a bath with warm water and massage the area with a moisturizing cream or oil.

4. Diarrhea

In case of diarrhea, drink plenty of fluids, avoid fatty foods, eggs, milk and alcoholic beverages and drink black tea, chamomile tea or guava leaves. Learn more about treating diarrhea.

If diarrhea occurs within 1 or 2 hours of taking the morning-after pill, it is recommended to repeat the dose.

Who cannot take it

The morning after pill should not be used during breastfeeding, pregnancy or if the woman is allergic to any of the components of the medicine. In addition, it should not be used by men, or women with severe liver disease, who suffer from inflammation of the fallopian tubes (salpingitis), or who have a history of ectopic pregnancy.

In addition, it is recommended to consult the gynecologist before using the pill in cases of high blood pressure, cardiovascular problems, morbid obesity or in case of abnormal genital bleeding or of unknown origin.

The morning-after pill should also be avoided by women with bowel diseases, such as Crohn's disease, for example, as the pill is not absorbed properly.

Common questions

Some common questions about the morning-after pill are:

1. How many times can the morning after pill be used?

The morning after pill should only be used sporadically because it has a very high hormone dose. Also, if a woman takes the morning-after pill more than once a month, the pill may wear off. Therefore, this medication is only indicated in emergency situations and not as a frequent contraceptive method.

2. Can the morning after pill cause changes in menstruation?

Yes, although generally speaking, most women who use the morning-after pill experience little or no significant change in their menstrual cycle. However, it can take about 5 to 7 days, however, it is important to note that the repetitive or frequent use of the morning after pill can accentuate menstrual disorders and make it difficult to recognize the phases of the menstrual cycle and fertile days.

Furthermore, it is also important to note that bleeding does not occur immediately after taking the morning-after pill.

3. If the morning-after pill is accidentally taken during pregnancy, is there any risk to the fetus?

There are no records that the morning-after pill causes teratogenic effects, that is, that it affects the development and growth of the fetus, if taken during the first trimester of pregnancy.

The same happens if the morning-after pill fails and a pregnancy occurs, since its ingestion was carried out long before the development of the fetus, a stage in which the embryo is most vulnerable.

4. Is it possible to get pregnant while taking the morning after pill?

Yes. Although it is a very low chance, it is possible to get pregnant even when taking the morning after pill, especially if:

  • The pill containing levonorgestrel is not taken within the first 72 hours after unprotected intimate contact, or the pill containing ulipristal acetate is not taken within a maximum of 120 hours;
  • The woman is taking antibiotics or other drugs that reduce the effect of the pill. Find out which antibiotics cut the pill's effect;
  • Vomiting or diarrhea up to 4 hours after taking the pill;
  • Ovulation has already occurred;
  • The morning-after pill has been taken several times in the same month.

In case of vomiting or diarrhea within 4 hours of taking the pill, the woman should consult her doctor or pharmacist as it may be necessary to take a new dose of the pill for it to take effect.

It is important to note that emergency oral contraception does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases.

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