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Emergency Contraception

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Emergency contraceptives are pills taken by a woman to prevent unwanted pregnancy after the woman has had unprotected sex. They should be taken within the 72 hours after sex, the earlier the better. They do not prevent STDs and thus they are not a substitute for condoms

The pill works because it contains Levonorgestrel, a synthetic form of progesterone which works by inhibiting ovulation thus preventing fertilization. Taking emergency contraceptives regularly is not safe as they can cause hormonal changes. There is a reason for it to be called an 'emergency' contraceptive. 

Also, it is not like a usual contraceptive pill and having an emergency contraceptive pill before sex does not help prevent unwanted pregnancies in any way. 


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