#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: Does Using The Morning After Pill Equate To Abortion?


Q: Is morning after pill same as abortion doc?

A: The morning after pill which can be taken within 72 hours (some can be taken within 5 days) of unprotected intercourse, can help prevent pregnancy. So, technically, it means you are not pregnant yet and therefore are not aborting.

However, I always remind people that instead of asking these questions after the fact, be guided  by the ABC that guides these affairs. A is for abstinence. Honestly, this is your safest bet. If you’re not ready to deal with the responsibilities of having a baby, please leave well alone. You can’t have an STI, HIV/AIDS, or otherwise if you don’t have sex. In addition, you can’t get pregnant. Now, if abstinence is a problem, be faithful to one partner…who, hopefully, is being faithful to you too. If you can’t swear on this, revert to plan A. Finally, if all else fails, ensure that you use a condom to prevent STIs and pregnancy.

Contraception is a good option but the answer to proper contraception is not popping a pill in panic whenever you happen to have sexual intercourse. Emergency contraceptives have their place but they are not meant to take the place of regular contraceptives, as they are less effective than the regular ones. Regular use of these emergency contraceptives may cause your periods to become irregular and unpredictable. I’m sure you don’t want to have this problem 😀 You might want to visit your nearest family planning clinic for options which can work for you.

Have a great week ahead, everyone 😀

 

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