Everyone makes mistakes in life. Some are small such as a wrong exit when trying to get to a destination. Some can be life altering such as committing a crime. Then there are the mistakes made after the consumption of alcohol. Alcohol should be called the wonder drug since it can create beauty, bravery and strength when drinking alot of it. When sobriety hits, we all need a little help from poor judgement in certain situations. These situations occur when alcohol cause you to delve in risky behavior without contraceptives. I am talking about unsafe sex and the abortion pill.
Birth Control Pills
When a woman becomes sexually active, her first visit, provided there are no religious objections, is to the gynecologist for birth control pills. These birth control pills are prescription drugs designed to prevent pregnancy. There are many types of birth control pills which include IUDs, vaginal rings, foam, diaphragms, sponges and skin patches but the most common is the pill. Keep in mind, this protection does not prevent sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) nor is 100% effective. There is always that minute chance of pregnancy depending if the medication is properly used or not.
Birth Control Side Effects
There are birth control side effects associated with their respective use. They can include weight gain, increased mood swings, sore or swollen breasts, stomach pain, chest pain, headaches, blurred vision, swelling or aching in the legs or thighs and the possibility of an increased incidence of cancer. In some women, there is a possibility of a different side effect which is an increase in risky behavior. The decrease chance of not getting pregnant can lead to a higher rates of promiscuity (more unprotected sex). Prescription drug birth control will not stop the transmission of HIV, gonorrhea nor herpes. Condoms will reduce that likelihood but even those are not 100% effective. Condoms and birth control will drastically reduce your chances of STDs and pregnancy.
In those rare situations where birth control doesn’t do its job or a poor decision of unprotected sex was made (no judgement made), an alternative exists called Plan B. Plan B is a birth control prescription drug that must be used within the first 3 days after having unprotected sex. This product is used for emergencies only and every night is not an emergency. Plan B side effects include menstrual changes, nausea, abdominal pain, headaches, breast pain and vomiting.
In the event that you can’t get to a pharmacy on time or life keeps you from getting to birth control in a timely fashion, there is a last resort abortion pill called RU-486 (mifepristone) which can be used up to 49 days. This abortion pill is very expensive and is absolutely a last resort. The side effects are similar to the birth control pills but there have been rare incidents where its use has lead to death. Abstinence is the best 100% effective option but raging hormones can ruin the best intentions. Women should have every option at their disposal.
What is your contraceptive of choice?