…..Let us get back to our discussion of emergency contraception. The research on emergency contraception began in the 1960s, and the first treatment protocols arrived in 1974.
…..The two most common protocols are the progesterone only pill (Plan B) and the estrogen and progesterone pills. Plan B consists of only one pill, and the second regime of estrogen and progesterone is a two-dose treatment 12 hours apart. Both of these treatments are available over-the-counter for women 17 or older. For women under 17, a prescription is necessary.
…..There is no clear reason for how the emergency contraception works. A few explanations have been promulgated:
- Inhibition or delay of ovulation
- Interference with sperm transport or penetration of the egg
- Thickening of cervical mucous
- Impairment of ovarian hormone production
…..Remember that emergency contraception is effective only before a pregnancy has occurred. If a pregnancy has already been established, studies have shown that the emergency contraception does not harm the developing fetus nor increase risks to the ongoing pregnancy.
…..To be continued!!!!!!
With the mornings crisp and clear, it is certain that fall is in full swing. As I have mentioned before, since my life has always revolved around the school year, this is my time for new projects. Our anti-aging/bio-identical hormone program is being updated, and the new treatment options are becoming available for our practice family. I promise to keep you informed.
Today I want to begin to update you on emergency contraception. This is a therapy to prevent pregnancy after unprotected or not totally protected intercourse. It is not an abortion, and it does not cause an abortion if you are already pregnant. Most people call this treatment the Morning After Pill or Plan B, but regrettably, these phrases are not known or used as much as they should be.
With half of all pregnancies unintended and 40% of these pregnancies ending in abortion, it is imperative that this treatment is more known. Women seeking this treatment are typically under 25, and the common indication is a broken condom, missed oral contraceptive pills, or a failure to use any birth control at all. It should not replace our normal contraceptive methods, but should be available and used when necessary to prevent an unintended pregnancy.