Women warned against abuse of emergency contraceptive

Women warned against abuse of emergency contraceptive

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 Ms Pauline Mensah, a Senior Midwife at the Essikado Government Hospital, has called on the youth and married women, in particular, to avoid mak­ing emergency contracep­tives an everyday activity.

She explained that emer­gency contraceptives, which should be taken once or twice a year, had been programmed with lots of chemical compounds to act faster in cases where one had had unprotected sex and knew that the act may result in unwanted pregnancy.

Meanwhile, there are routine birth control models administered in hospitals under proper counselling for birth control and even un­protected sex, which might result in contracting sexually transmitted diseases.

These include the pills, injectables, implants and condoms.

The Senior Midwife who expressed worry over the abuse of emergency contra­ceptives said such abuses had the tendency to expose many women to cervical and other forms of cancers with scary health consequences.

“The abuse among our girls and married women of late gives concern for more education to avert the trend,” she added.

Educating women on cervical cancer in particular, Ms Mensah advised them to once every year undergo screening and counselling to help in early detection to help save lives.

She mentioned the human papillomavirus, long term use of emergency birth control bills, sexual history, heredity, smoking and weak immune system as predispos­ing factors.

Ms Mensah, however, called on girls and women to avoid multiple male partners to prevent contracting the disease.

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