3 SIMPLE WAYS TO AVOID UNWANTED PREGNANCY
1) Use protection
-Prevention is always better than cure
-Indian social scenario is changing
-Pre- marital, extra-marital and living in relationships are on a rise.
-At times these relationships are casual and will lead to unwanted pregnancy
-At the end of it, it is the female’s body which will bear the brunt of physical discomfort of abortion
-There are many myths in people’s minds regarding use of regular contraceptive methods like oral contraceptive pills, condoms or Copper -T
-Whether a couple is married or unmarried when these regular contraceptive methods are used, unwanted pregnancy can be avoided.
-A consultation with the Gynaecologist for check up and to understand their correct use is a must and will allay your anxieties and concerns
A word of caution here about Emergency Contraceptive Pill
-It is clear that these pills are for emergency situations
-Couples in steady relationship should adopt regular contraceptive method
-These emergency pills have very high content of hormones
-Using them can make your next menses irregular, delayed and heavy
-They should be taken ONLY on advise of a Gynaecologist
2) Be alert – For early diagnosis of unwanted pregnancy
-As soon as you have missed your periods, check yourself for pregnancy
-Easiest method is to do a urine pregnancy test done at home in a kit easily available at Chemist.
-The instructions to do the tests are also clearly written on packet
-Advanced tests for diagnosis of pregnancy can be done on your Gynaecologist ‘s advice like a test in blood known as Serum Beta HCG and sonography
3) Timely treatment – See a Gynaecologist at earliest
-When we talk about unwanted pregnancy, it is clear that couple wants termination.
-Government of India has made guidelines to offer safe abortion to all who seek it, regardless of marital status
-There are two ways of undergoing abortion
A) Surgical D&C
-This is traditional way and will require a day time hospitalization.
-If done in Govt approved MTP ( Medical Termination of Pregnancy) center, it is safe
B) Abortion by pills
-If clinical situation is of early pregnancy and within the limit set by Govt of India, oral abortion pills can be taken on advise of a Gynaecologist
-There are no risks of anesthesia and surgical instrumentation in this method and no hospitalization is required