Answers to FAQs on Emergency Contraception

Yuzpe Method Emergency Contraception

In instances where you need to resort to emergency contraception, you might find yourself hesitating to do it because of the many questions on your mind. Calm down, take a deep breath, and read some of the most common questions and answers about the Yuzpe Method below. These will help you ease your mind as you’ll understand better how the method will help you!

How does the Yuzpe Method work?

The pills prevent or delay the ovary from releasing an egg cell by five to seven days. By then, sperm cells inside the woman’s reproductive tract are dead, since they can only survive for about five days. However, the Yuzpe Method will not disrupt implantation of a fertilized egg or an already established pregnancy.

How effective is the Yuzpe Method?

The Yuzpe Method is up to 88% effective in preventing a pregnancy if done within 72 hours after unprotected sex, and is more effective if done sooner.

How will I know if the Yuzpe Method was effective?

Feeling the common experiences doesn’t guarantee that it was effective, the same way that not experiencing any means it didn’t work.

There is no way to know that the Yuzpe Method worked, other than having your next period. Take note that spotting is different from menstruation, so you’ll have to wait a few weeks.

Can I do the Yuzpe Method twice to make it more effective?

Doing the Yuzpe Method twice or taking more pills than instructed will not make it any more effective, but it can worsen common experiences such as nausea.

To ensure maximum effectiveness, follow the steps correctly and do it within the recommended time frame. Again, the sooner, the better.

How long will my period be delayed after doing the Yuzpe Method?

Getting your period after doing the Yuzpe Method is the surest sign that you’re not pregnant, that’s why you might be asking when to expect your period.

The Yuzpe Method can cause slight temporary changes in your menstrual cycle, such as getting your period earlier or later than usual. There are women who get their period one to two weeks later. Some even got theirs after three to four weeks.

Can the Yuzpe Method be done more than once in a week or month?

The Yuzpe Method may be repeated as needed, even in the same menstrual cycle. However, take note that since it’s emergency contraception, it’s intended as a backup method. The Yuzpe Method is not recommended for regular use unless needed. It should be taken as a last resort when other contraceptive methods failed or were not used during unplanned sex. It’s best to use long acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) methods for regular use if you’d like to be fully protected against unintended pregnancy.

Is the Yuzpe Method safe for breastfeeding women?

Yes, breastfeeding women may use the Yuzpe Method.

Can the Yuzpe Method affect an existing pregnancy?

No, the Yuzpe Method will not affect an existing pregnancy nor cause an abortion. Evidence also shows that emergency contraception does not cause birth defects or harm the fetus if a woman is already pregnant when she takes emergency contraception.








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