Dec 21, 2020

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Managing Unplanned Pregnancies in India

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  1. The morning after pill — This is the usual over the counter iPill that you can get at any medical store. It’s recommended that you take this within the first 24 hours of unprotected sex. iPills are not abortion pills, they are emergency contraceptives. It’s a preventative measure to make sure that any possible pregnancy doesn’t stick.
  2. The “abortion pill” — This is something a gynaecologist will have to prescribe which will force you to bleed out your pregnancy. I’ve heard from friends that the process is similar to a very painful version of having your period. This option works as long as you’re within 6 weeks of pregnancy.
  3. Medical procedure — If you’ve been pregnant for over 6 weeks you’ll have to get a procedure done in a hospital to have the pregnancy removed. From what I understand, the most common method involves using suction to remove the pregnancy.
  1. Use a period tracking app. These apps not only help you track the days you bleed but will also indicate when you’re most fertile. It’s obviously best to avoid these days entirely if you can.
  2. Condoms. The easiest way to make sure you’re safe, not just from pregnancy but also from sexually transmitted diseases. Wherever you are in your cycle, you should be using a condom.
  3. Birth control. Not everyone’s cup of tea but a good option if you’re in a long term relationship with a trusted partner and don’t want to have kids. It’s not easy trying to get a prescription from a doctor, from what I’ve heard, but it is an option, especially if you’re allergic to latex condoms.