There is nothing embarrassing like rushing to the chemist to purchase P2 pills. The clients and pharmacists will definitely conclude that you were banging somebody’s husband, grandfather or boyfriend.
One of the most commonly used emergency pills is the P2 (Postinor 2). It is used to prevent pregnancy when taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex. If it’s taken after 72 hours it may not be effective.
Here are things you need to know about this P2;
1. Before taking the pill, make sure you do a pregnancy test first so that you may not harm the baby. You can do the pregnancy test in the hospital or home.
2. Consult your doctor if it’s right to take the pill especially if you have diabetes, breast cancer, liver disease, suffered a stroke or any heart disease. With these conditions you are not in a position to take the pill, it may worsen the situation.
3. Never take it when you have previously had unprotected intercourse more than 72 hours earlier in the same menstrual cycle because you may be pregnant.
4. Avoid the pills if you are experiencing vaginal bleeding because it may increase and lead to loss of blood.
5. Common side effects of the pills include; fatigue, nausea and vomiting. Some also experienced stomach pains, diarrhoea, dizziness, headache, tender breasts, increased vaginal bleeding and skin reactions.
6. Do not drive if the pill makes you feel drowsy since it will drift your attention from the road. This will later lead to an accident.
8. It is not recommended for younger children below 14 years. There is only limited information available on Postinor-2 when taken by women aged 14-16 years and information on its use in younger women.
9. Tell your doctor or pharmacist that you are on other medications so that you are advised if it’s safe to do so.
10. Make sure to see your doctor after three weeks of taking the P2 so as to monitor your body especially if you have been experiencing vaginal bleeding or missed your period.