How safe is iPill for unmarried girls?

i-Pills doesn't come with a shoulder where you can daily rely upon. The famous pharmaceutical company named Cipla made it with a whole different intention than what it is used for in today's generation. It isn't something that promotes more sexual intercourse among youngsters leading to childbirth control. No, it never aimed that! 

Cipla's main aim was to promote i-Pills as the biggest life savior to avoid unplanned pregnancy for married women. It must be used only in emergency cases where you are left with no other options. But our generation took it the other way around. This pill came into the picture after the rising cases of child abortion due to unplanned prior pregnancy. It wanted to help women come out of the feeling of disgust, misery, pain, shame, loneliness, regret, etc. 

Cipla undoubtedly got success with all its advertisements and marketing strategies they used in promoting i-Pills making it one of the most universally accepted emergency contraceptive pills among people. 

Is i-Pill considered safe for young and unmarried women? 

The i-Pill is generally not considered safe for the women falling below the age group of 25 and above the age group of 45. It doesn't allow safety or in other words, we can say that this contraceptive method isn't the most efficient alternative to be chosen among teenagers. Proper sex education especially for teenagers needs to be implemented and adhered to in multiple areas to avoid any misuse of such pills. 

It was also reported that teenagers or young unmarried women are more into sexual intercourse with their partners without proper knowledge about it which further leads to unwanted pregnancies. They must be educated on the subject of i-Pills to avoid any later side effects on their reproductive system.

As per the latest precautions taken on the subject of 'Abortion,' the MTP - Medical Termination of Pregnancy, has passed an Amendment Bill where the abortion can be done within 24 weeks instead of 20 weeks legally. It is to be applicable in the cases of women who underwent through disastrous live experiences of rapes, the survivors of incest, and others include similar kind of harsh reality victims. Such rules are applicable in the case of both married women and unmarried women ( even innocent children). 

Even as per the stats, Chandrashekhar - The chief executive officer (CEO) of the  Pratigya Campaign meant for the Gender Equality & Safe Abortion, stated that the main issue prevailing nowadays is less awareness and education In the use of abortion pills or contraception pills. As per their study, in Assam as well as Madhya Pradesh, in November - 2018, out of 1007 women - 

  • Only 20% ( small to mid-aged women) had the proper knowledge on the usage of the latest contraceptive techniques. 
  • Only 22% had the awareness that Abortion has been made legal in India. 
  • 0% of women carried the knowledge about the exact number of weeks when the abortion can be done. 

When is the usage of an i-Pill recommended?

Earlier, the idea behind making the i-Pill was just to use it as a contraception pill only in emergency cases. Later, it got much popular among teenagers as their daily dose after seeking pleasure leading to several unwanted issues within their reproductive systems. 

The reputed owner of the "Paras Chemist" named RS Gupta - Saket, Delhi stated that such kind of contraceptive pills will increase their usage among youngsters in the upcoming time. So, it must be a chemist or any store owner's responsibility to make sure that without the prescription of the doctors it is not sold to the young girls directly. The internal reproductive system is a bit sensitive upon youngsters, so overdose of such pills might lead them to have menstrual issues or permanent injury to their ovaries. 

Contraceptives used by Indian Women in general -

Different types of Contraception methods gained popularity among the Indian Women especially during the period of ongoing Covid 19 brutal experience. We have added some of them below -

  • Oral Contraceptive Pill
  • Condoms
  • The Contraceptive Implant
  • IUD - Intrauterine Device
  • Oral Pills

Among all of the above, CONDOMS gained the most popularity among the Indian Audiences in the form of being the number 1 used Contraception method. This is the stat between the month of April and June 2020. At the second place, stands the IUD - Intrauterine Device

Insertions method, as well as the Oral Pills, intake to safeguard the ladies from getting the unwanted pregnancies at the unplanned timings. 

Also, the Indian Union Territory - Dadra & Nagar Haveli, witnessed the maximum number of participants who used Condoms as a safety precaution to avoid unwanted pregnancy. As per the Statista Research Department, it was around the 993 participants per 10,000 unsterilized couples, in the year 2020 who had Condoms as their primary weapon for safe sexual intercourse. 

What are the side effects associated with using the i-Pills?

Intake of such i-Pills has become very common nowadays, isn't it? But, how many of you are aware of the harmful effect of these i-Pills which in some cases might prove out to be disastrous like hell? Well, let us throw some light on the side effects associated with using the i-Pills below -

As stated by the ISARC Researchers, it might lead to -

  • Intolerable headache arousing because of hormonal imbalance.
  • Losing sexual interest in the opposite gender.
  • Leading to the Postpone or Prepone of the monthly menstruation especially in young women. 
  • Vomiting, nausea, and digestion problems.
  • Lack of taste in food - even your favorite food might taste like a drug.
  • Skin-related issues like irritation and rashes especially those who are already prone to acne problems, and oily skin. 

Unheard facts about an i-Pill -

  • The effectiveness of the i-Pill is 95%. Having said so, it must be taken within 72 hours.
  • As per the statement given by one of the gynecologists named Dr. Asha Sharma in the Rockland Hospital, "Women fail to understand the difference between Abortion pills and the i-Pill." Henceforth, the i-Pill is completely different from the abortion pill. It can't be used to dismiss the pregnancy for a woman who is already pregnant.
  • When it comes to sexually transmitted diseases like HIV's or AIDS etc, i-Pill has got 0% control over it. 
  • Females prone to Levonorgestrel disease must discuss with the doctor on a prior basis about taking in the dose of an i-Pill.
  • These i-Pills are 99% safe for Lactating Mothers. Such i-Pills do not harm the breast milk or their bodies. So, both the mothers and their infant remains unaffected with the dose of an i-Pill. Although, Lactating Mothers should get themselves checked immediately if they face any unwanted side effects after taking this dose.

Final Words - 

i-Pills overall is safe to be used by Indian women but our bodies are unpredictable so they may have certain side effects based on your other personal illnesses. So, increasing the daily dosage of such pills might create complications in your final pregnancy. Always, read the full guidelines and take the experts advice based on your health and then go ahead with the final decision. Always remember that health is wealth, so do not ruin your health by any means for the sake of temporary pleasure. 

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