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Emergency contraception pills and its side effects - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   what kind of side effects taking a emergency contraceptive like i pill can have on body (weight gain), skin, is there any vaginal bleeding that happens? Will ovulation be on time next time? will my periods be effected?
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   Dr. XXXXXXXX here.
Doctor :   let me read what you have typed.
Doctor :   it depends on when you have taken the emergency pill in your menstrual cycle
Doctor :   there might be bleeding happening due to withdrawal effect
Doctor :   but weight gain and skin changes may not be an issue due to one time use
User :   I have not yet taken but had unprotected sex during my ovulation period, just a few hours back
Doctor :   your ovulation also should happen normally in your next cycle if you take it during your ovulation period
User :   ok will there be any impact on child bearing
Doctor :   no, with just single use, it will not have future effects on child bearing
Doctor :   take the emergency contraceptive pill withing 48 hours of the unprotected intercourse for best efficacy of the pill.
User :   ok doc, however this vaginal bleeding is it of similar nature as periods?
User :   i mean will it pain?
Doctor :   it will be similar to your periods, with mild cramps that could be a bit more intense than your usual periods
User :   these pills are effective right? Can I still be pregnant?
Doctor :   if taken within the prescribed time limit , they are fine
Doctor :   but if you intend to have further sexual relations, then use protection. and start on birth control measures after you get your periods.
User :   anything side effects like getting pimples, rashes or growth in facial hair or a little worried doc
Doctor :   no, not with one time use
Doctor :   these side effects are due to the combination pills
User :   ok.. which is the best contraceptive to use?
Doctor :   right now for your problem emergency contraception would be fine
User :   ok doc and in general?
Doctor :   if you intend to be on regular birth control, then before starting on them you will require a thorough check-up including blood and hormonal tests to decide which one is best suited for you.
Doctor :   so for that you will need to visit a gynecologist
Doctor :   have you followed what I have said?
User :   yes more or less doc . I have to eat something before taking pill right?
Doctor :   yes you should
Doctor :   is there anything else I can help you with?
User :   doc how will know if levonorgestrel suits my body?
Doctor :   do you want to know for one time use or long term use?
User :   one time doc
Doctor :   it is usually a safe hormone
Doctor :   do not worrry about it
User :   ok many thanks doc
User :   great help
User :   take care docXXX
Doctor :   if you face any abnormal symptoms after taking the I-pill, report to your doctor immediately
Doctor :   it is very very rare to have complications on the i-pill
Doctor :   thanks for consulting me. bye for now.
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