Are there any side-effects of using the emergency pill? Can I use it regularly like twice a week?

Emergency pills are when you had unprotected sex and wish to prevent pregnancy. It does not prevent pregnancy if you are already pregnant and also doesn’t protect you from STIs/STDs. As the name suggests, it is only for emergencies and is not to be taken regularly like other pills. You must avoid taking emergency pills as often as twice a week. If you are engaging in sexual acts often, it is better for you to go on a birth control pill which is contraception for regular use. However, it is advisable to use a condom instead of going for the pill since the pill doesn’t protect you from STIs and STDs. Also, taking them regularly can have some side-effects. The emergency pill has a high concentration of hormones and hence, regular use can lead to abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, fatigue, and headaches. They can also delay or hurry in your next period.

Do keep in mind that if your Body Mass Index (BMI) is higher than 25, you have abnormal vaginal bleeding, you have acute migraines, or have a history of deep vein thrombosis, it’s better to consult a doctor and before proceeding with the pill.