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How To Get Rid Of Unwanted Pregnancy

Hasn’t enough been said about the increasing occurrences of teenage pregnancies, given a not-needed boost in the form of emergency contraceptives and their easy availability over the counter? What people have given a total miss is the need for educating youngsters towards responsible sexual behaviour. People tend to think up of ways to give excuses and blame everything from education system and TV channels for it, instead of taking the step themselves. Young women need to know how they can prevent and get rid of pregnancy and what the world of medication hold for them and how they can use it. They should be told about the best way to use methods of contraception and how to practice responsible sexual behaviour. Listed below are ways in which a pregnancy can be both prevented and gotten rid of.

Getting Rid Of An Unwanted Pregnancy

Here are some ways in which you can both prevent as well as get rid of an unwanted pregnancy:

In most cases, it is best to prevent pregnancy because having to get rid of a fertilized foetus can cause other complications in the body of the woman, which may even make her incapable of bearing children at all. It is thus, best to follow grandma’s advice of ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.’ Here are some ways of contraception that can be used to prevent pregnancy.
  • Hormonal birth control pills, which are to be taken regularly, are like an extra dose of synthetic estrogen or progesterone. These work in three ways – by preventing ovulation, making cervical mucus thicker to offer resistance to the passage of sperms and thinning the lining of the uterus so that, even if an egg fertilizes, it may not implant itself to the uterus and develop properly. They are to be taken daily in the form of pills, a patch, an injection or a vaginal ring. Some side effects that they may cause are tenderness of the breasts, irregular vaginal bleeding, fatigue, weight gain, etc.
  • Emergency contraceptive or the ‘morning after’ pill works in the same way as a as a regular contraceptive, but do not have to be taken regularly. These have enjoyed maximum popularity in the field of contraception and related products. They are readily available in medical shops and women, old and young, are lapping it up with never known urgency. However, it does come with too many strings attached – it greatly alters a woman’s menstrual cycles and is capable of even causing permanent, irreversible damage to the reproductive system of the woman.
  • Barrier methods work by blocking the passage of sperm into the uterus and fallopian tubes, where they could fertilize an ovum. The best-known and most common barrier is the male condom, which is also the most effective barrier method.
If any or all of the above methods fail (which they do, in some cases) and you do get pregnant, you must be absolutely sure about the fact. Do not rely on symptoms alone – you could have nausea, painful breasts, and so on can occur to you, even when you are not pregnant. You will need to visit a doctor and determine whether you are actually pregnant or not. If you have already done that and know for sure that you are pregnant, you can consider the following options:
  • If you’re still very early in the pregnancy, the best option for you is to go for medical abortion – for which you may have to take medication. Medical abortion is an alternative to surgical abortion wherein the gynaecologist prescribes a drug that usually causes abortion during the first six weeks of pregnancy.
  • If your pregnancy has progressed past nine weeks, you will need to have a surgical abortion. A timely scan will help to determine how far the pregnancy has progressed and advise you on the most suitable form of abortion for you.

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