Failed Emergency Contraceptive Pill

Many Ghanaian women complain that their ECP keeps failing them, let’s discuss why

The Emergency Contraceptive Pill is meant to be effective, 99 of every 100 individuals using these options will manage to prevent pregnancy. However there are some instances where the ECP might not be as effective:

  • You didn’t take the pills early enough: After 72 hours the efficacy of Lydia or postinor 2 may start to drop. The Back up pill is able to cover 5 days after unprotected sex, but its best to take it as soon as possible
  • You were ovulating when you took the pill: The pill works to temporarily stop ovulation, but if your ovary has already released an egg, then there is a high chance the EC pill may not work.
  • Your Body type: Research has shown that the EC pill may be less effective for women with BMI over 25.
    -You threw up after taking the pill: One of the side effects of the EC pill is nausea, so its normal to throw up after taking it. Be sure to take another one if you threw up within an hour or so, because your body probably didn’t find time to break down and absorb the drug into your system

If your EC pill failed you, and you’re now in an unintended pregnancy situation, you can visit www.safe2choose.org to speak to a counsellor about safe abortion options in Ghana

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