Hi gals, earlier this week my office mates and I were discussing the Reproductive Health Bill (still pending after a decade in the Congress), and as such, it came to me that a lot of women here in the Philippines are not familiar with different kinds of contraception -- including the morning after pill.
The morning after pill is an emergency contraception taken after an unprotected sex or contraceptive failure (e.g., broken condom) when you're in your fertile period. Simply put, it prevents you from getting pregnant.
It works by keeping the ovaries from releasing eggs. It also contains hormone that thickens the cervical mucus, thus blocking the sperm and preventing pregnancy.
The morning after pill is taken within 3 days after the intercourse. There is, however, a newer version introduced in 2010 that lets you take it within a longer period, that is, within 5 days. You can read more about morning after pill in NetDoctor.
It is best to take the morning after pill as soon as possible. It works best when taken within 12 hours of unprotected sex and is less effective as time passes.
Is it safe? Yes, it has been deemed safe and effective by the US Food and Drug Administration. You can read more about that and other brands of emergency contraception in Emergency Contraception.
Some quick info:
- Don't take morning after pill if you're already pregnant. It does not terminate pregnancy. A morning after pill is a kind of birth control, not abortion.
- It also does not prevent pregnancy for any unprotected intercourse that happens after taking the pill.
- Expect to get your menstrual period within 3 weeks after taking the pill. If not, do a pregnancy test.
- Your menstrual may come a week earlier or a week later than normal. If it's more than a week late, again, take a pregnancy test.
Morning after pill in the Philippines
First of all, it's highly recommended that you consult an ob-gyn first before taking this pill. A consultation will cost only around Php500, or lower if in local clinics.
Nordette is a popular brand of morning after pill here in the Philippines. It's an over-the-counter drug, which means that you can buy it without prescription. They have it in Mercury Drugstore and Watsons.
Like I said though, it's better to consult an ob-gyn first. Nordette has side effects which might make it unsuitable for you, or your ob-gyne might not recommend it if you're not in your fertile period (e.g., sex happens after your menstrual period).
How to take Nordette:
- Take Nordette within 120 hours (5 days) of intercourse
- For the 1st dose, take 4 light-orange pills and, after 12 hours, another 4 light-orange pills as second dose.
Read more about Nordette, including its side effects and contraindications in Pharma-Help.
Gals, this is all there is to it. If you have other other questions, to be safe, consult an ob-gyn.