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ipill-all your questions answered..
Ipill---the new contraceptive revolution
Confused about ipill?How safe is it?Do u think it is for you?How effective is it? is there any side effects? All answers about ipill here.
The ipill brings the next round of prevention that can change the complexion of sex in India.
What is an emergency contraceptive pill?
An emergency contraceptive pill is a safe and easy way to prevent an unintended pregnancy from occurring after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure.
What is i-pill?
i-pill is an emergency contraceptive pill manufactured by Cipla. A single dose of i-pill provides a safe and easy way to prevent an unintended pregnancy after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure.
When is it appropriate to use i-pill?
If you have had unprotected sex and want to prevent a pregnancy, you should take i-pill as soon as possible, preferably within 12 hours and no later than 72 hours of unprotected intercourse.
i-pill is useful as a backup birth control method under following circumstances:
- Contraceptive failure
- Unprotected sex
- Improper use of your regular birth control method
- Forced sex
What are the directions for using i-pill?
i-pill is a single dose tablet to be taken orally. It should be swallowed with some water after a meal. i-pill should be taken as early as possible and not later than 72 hours of unprotected sex or contraceptive failure.
When is it not appropriate to use i-pill?
i-pill will not work if you are already pregnant because it is only a backup or emergency method of contraception. It is not a substitute for regular contraceptive methods. i-pill will not be effective if taken 72 hours after unprotected sex.
i-pill is not recommended if you are allergic to levonorgestrel, which is the name of the medicine in i-pill
Who can use i-pill?
i-pill can be used by any woman of child-bearing age and is facing the prospect of an unintended pregnancy due to absence or failure to use a contraceptive. It can also be used in the case of rape or forced sex
Do I require to get a check up by my doctor before taking i-pill?
A medical check-up is not required for taking i-pill. However, if you are suffering from any serious ailment or have a known allergy to levonorgestrel, it is advisable to consult your doctor.
How does i-pill work?
i-pill can work in any of three different ways depending on where you may be in your menstrual cycle.
- It may stop an egg being released from the ovary.
- If an egg has been released, i-pill may prevent the sperm from fertilizing it.
- If the egg is already fertilized, it may prevent it from attaching itself to the lining of the womb.
It is important to note that pregnancy is established only after the fertilized egg attaches itself to the womb.
i-pill is ineffective if the pregnancy is established (i.e. the fertilized egg has attached itself to the womb). It is therefore not an abortion pill.
How is an 'emergency contraceptive pill' different from an 'abortion pill'?
In medical terms pregnancy begins once the fertilized egg gets attached to the lining of the womb.
Abortion pills contain drugs known as antiprogestins, which stop the development of a pregnancy after it has occurred.
On the other hand, emergency contraceptive pills like i-pill , which contain common female hormones prevent pregnancy in the first place and so do not cause an abortion.
How can I get the best results from i-pill?
i-pill works best when used as early as possible after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure, but not later than 72 hours.
How effective is i-pill?
The sooner you use i-pill, the more effective it is. It is 95% effective within 24 hours of unprotected sex, 85% between 25 - 48 hours and 58% if taken between 49 - 72 hours . But if your periods are delayed by more than a week, you should go in for a pregnancy test and contact your doctor.
Will I experience any side effects from i-pill?
i-pill has no long-term or serious side effects, and is safe to use for almost every woman.
Nausea, vomiting and headache are some common side effects after taking i-pill. You might also have some lower abdominal pain or find your breasts more tender than usual. All this should stop within a day or two. There are chances of unexpected vaginal bleeding, but this is not dangerous and should clear up by the time you have your next period. i-pill might also cause your next period to come early or later than normal. But if your periods are delayed by more than a week, you should go in for a pregnancy test and contact your doctor. i-pill will have no lasting effect that may complicate future (and wanted) pregnancies.
i-pill is not recommended if you are allergic to levonorgestrel, which is the name of the medicine in i-pill.
Are there any warnings I should know about before I use i-pill?
You need to know the following things before taking i-pill:
- i-pill works best when used as early as possible after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure, but not later than 72 hours.
- i-pill is ineffective if you are already pregnant.
- It should also not be used as a regular birth control method.
- i-pill does not offer protection against HIV/AIDS or other Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs
How will I know if i-pill worked?
There is no concrete evidence or symptoms to know whether i-pill worked or not. After taking i-pill you need to wait and anticipate your next menstrual period at the expected time or within a week of the expected time. In case your menstrual period is delayed beyond one week, it is advisable to get a pregnancy test and consult your doctor.
Can I use i-pill for regular birth control?
No. i-pill is not recommended for regular birth control. It is effective when used as a backup method after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure. Make sure you do not replace your regular birth control pill with i-pill.
How often can I use i-pill or can i-pill be used repeatedly?
i-pill can be used more than once in a cycle but it is recommended only as an emergency contraceptive.
There are several reasons why i-pill is not a logical choice for regular contraception:
- any method of regular contraception is more effective than repeated use of an EC
- long-term overuse can cause irregular menstrual cycles
it can cause annoying side effects like nausea and vomiting
Make sure you continue to use regular methods of contraception for preventing unintended pregnancies.
What if I am already pregnant and use i-pill?
i-pill does not work if you are already pregnant. If you take i-pill while you are already pregnant, there will be no harm to you or your foetus.
What should I do if my menstrual period is delayed beyond one week and I have severe lower stomach pain?
Under such circumstances it is essential you consult your doctor immediately since this may require immediate medical attention.
When will I get my periods after I use i-pill?
Your next period should come on time but it may be a few days early or a few days late. However, in case your period is delayed by more than a week, please go in for a pregnancy test and contact your doctor.
Can I use i-pill if I am breast feeding?
i-pill is safe during breast-feeding. Using i-pill is unlikely to have any significant effect on milk quality that can affect the infant adversely.
Can I continue my pregnancy in case of emergency contraception failure?
If you wish to do so, you can continue with your pregnancy. The medicine used in i-pill will not cause any harm to you or your baby. In case you do not wish to continue your pregnancy, please consult your doctor.
How do I get i-pill?
i-pill is available over the counter at your local chemist outlet. You do not need a doctor's prescription to buy i-pill.
The ipill has has already kicked of a controversy with many doctors expressing that it will have adverse effects on teenagers.This is only partly correct and the adverse effect of the progesterone which is the active content in ipill is only marginal and is of not much significance compared to the advantages..The content of ipill is essentially same as that of an oral contraceptive pill,with a higher dose.so the adverse effect is much the same as a OCP.But regular use has to be avoided as in the case of teens taking ipill regularly after sex with a condom to make ‘doubly’safe.