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6 Ways You Can Still Get Pregnant After Taking Emergency Contraceptive

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You can get pregnant evern after taking contraceptive pill

I was quite young then, must have been 17, when I overheard a conversation between two of my cousins. The elder one had announced to the younger one that she was pregnant, yet again! The younger one exclaimed, “But, how is that possible! You had got a copper IUD put, right?” “Yes,” confirmed the elder cousin, “but the doctor says it can sometimes get displaced resulting in pregnancy!” That was the first time I came to know – contraception does NOT always work.

The second time I rediscovered this was while watching the famous American sitcom Friends. Rachel discovers to her shock that she is pregnant in spite of Ross having used a condom. Apparently, condoms are not 100% effective against pregnancy either!

And finally, a few years later, I got another news that shook me to the core. The morning after pill, that is supposed to be the liberated woman’s best friend, can fail too! Yes, the one thing that we thought is absolutely dependable is not, in fact, absolutely dependable.

One of my close friends, who had wanted to wait for a couple of years before having a child, discovered just a month into her wedding that she had conceived. This was even though she had taken the emergency contraceptive without any delay. Firstly, when I got the news, I could not believe it. So I immediately looked up Sir Google, and true as daylight, I found out that it was possible to get pregnant even after taking emergency contraceptive.

So how does this really happen? Here are a few situations that can lead to pregnancy, even if you took the morning after pill:

1. You throw up immediately after taking it

If you throw up within an hour of taking the morning-after pill, the pill gets removed from your system. If you do not take another pill soon after, you might get pregnant.

2. You fail to take it soon enough

Depending on your menstrual cycle, and which kind of morning-after pill you wish to consume, you might have anywhere between 3 to 5 days (from the day you had unprotected sex) to consume the morning-after pill for it to be effective. Having said that, it is best to pop the pill the very next day, or at least within 72 hours (i.e. 3 days) and no later. Chances of the pill working drop progressively after 72 hours.

3. You had ovulated or were ovulating when you had sex

To understand this, first get this: Morning after pills prevent pregnancy by delaying ovulation. So, if  you have already ovulated before (or are ovulating while) having unprotected sex, the pill is not going to help, even if you pop it the very next day.

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  1. Really… this is news… good you wrote about this Anshu. Informative

  2. Don’t know about that…may be taking too many of it interferes with the system! A good point – shall ask my gynec the next time I visit her. Will update you once I come to know!

  3. And congratulations…when are you due?

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