Auntyji says… Yehi to baat hai beta, Ratna. While we now have a buffet of contraceptive choices open to us, we still need to use them with great care. Let’s solve your crisis now…
How much is too much?
Ratna puttar, to begin with, you have used emergency contraceptive pills (ECP) in the past but it sounds like a bit of a ‘present continuous’ problem. Beta, yeh koi toffee hai? Sabse pehele toh chalo you were very responsible in your contraceptive choice. As soon as you were worried about unwanted pregnancy, you thought of using an emergency pill. Bravo!
Beta, ECP is meant for emergencies and not for regular use. Of course it could have impacted your periods around the time you used it. In fact, each time you did, is that right? Using ECPs affects your menstrual cycle in different ways. You may have had intermittent bleeding or delayed periods or even too much or too less blood flow the month you used any ECP. It also takes time for the cycle to follow your regular routine. It is quite common.
With due respect!
Girls, if you can be so responsible and empowered to use ECPs, why can’t you encourage or demand your gentleman lover to be equally responsible? Why can’t you stress on using condoms? Condoms mean no mess, no fuss and everyone’s happy.
Beta, I know you all will say it’s no fun with condoms. Well, okay, if you insist! However, is playing tricks on your poor uterus and system fun?
Without condoms you will always find yourself fearing about unwanted pregnancy or a sexually transmitted infection (STI). “OMG! What if I am…?” How is this constant pressure going to help you?
I can almost hear your uterus and her pals reeling each time you copulate. “Oh noooo! She’s at it again. Here come the medicines!” How about you change that? Let them say, “He’s covered ladies, let’s enjoy the ride. Woohoo!” Have some concern for your precious body parts, beta.
So dear Ratna, have you faced any complications so far? Has your period settled down? Is it running on the clock? Are you feeling okay? If your answers are yes, you have very little to worry about. Now just relax and take a deep breath. Perhaps all these fears are rising because of your wedding. Of course you don’t want anything to spoil your new life.
Just lay off the pills for now, Ratna. Let things come to their own rhythm.
It’s not clear that use of ECPs has any severe impact while conceiving. The impact is more commonly seen with erratic or disturbed periods around the time you have taken the pills.
In the future too, keep ECPs for emergencies only. Such as a night of recklessness (yes, they do happen) or if the condom fails.
Get ready for a new life
Now is not the time to brood and feel blue. Come on girl, take great care of your health – not just beauty. It is wonderful that we live in a world where we have so many choices, from the brand, colour and choice of lipstick we buy to the choice of pills we pop. Please do it super carefully and only when it is absolutely necessary.
In fact, sometimes I think perhaps the lipstick gets more thought than the pill. Now keep that lovely face smiling and get flirting and talking with your fiancé. Don’t forget to ask him the most important thing, “Did you stock on condoms?”
To protect the privacy of the author, the person in the picture is a model.