Oral contraception versus emergency contraception

Oral contraception revolutionized birth control and the contraception world since its introduction. They override the menstrual cycle to prevent conception. They provide close to 100% protection to avoid unwanted pregnancy. Oral contraception can be taken daily and provides pregnancy cover on a daily basis. They are available in two types – the pill and the mini-pill, both combine to cover all the groups of women requiring contraceptive cover. They can be taken orally and thus do not stand as a physical barrier during the love-making process, without stealing the real pleasure of sex. They have other health benefits for women. They can treat periods – heavy and painful, reduce the colon and ovary cancer risk, treats ovarian cysts, breast disease and more. The mini-pill serves specific categories of women suffering from diabetes, smokers, breastfeeding women and more. They have a strong successive line of defence to protect against pregnancy, which gives them 100% success rate.

Emergency contraception has become quite popular and has considerably reduced the rate of foeticides globally. They have helped women facing a crisis situation arising out of unprotected sex. They provide a considerable amount of protection, as good as 99%, if taken as early as possible. They are time-dependent, with the delay in consumption directly proportional to chances of failed protection percentage. They can be taken up to 72 hours and with few pills up to 120 hours, but ideally should be taken as soon as the emergency arises. They work by changing the hormonal balance of the body and thus prevent conception. They are specifically designed to protect against pregnancy.

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