No side-effect for most women using emergency contraceptive

A majority of women do not suffer from any side-effects after taking emergency contraceptive pills.

Last Updated: Aug 20, 2010, 18:28 PM IST

New Delhi: A majority 69.2 per cent of women
do not suffer from any side-effects after partaking emergency
contraceptive pills, but a small percentage might have
complaints of headaches, nausea and abdominal pain, a
government study says.
The Indian Council of Medical Research initiated a pilot
study on emergency contraception through eight human
reproduction research centres of ICMR in medical colleges and
hospitals across the country.
Majority (69.2 per cent) of the pill users did not have
any complaints after using the pills. Of the remaining women
who had complaints, the reasons were nausea, dizziness,
abdominal pain, headache in 10 per cent to 14 per cent, Union
Minister of Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad said in
a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.

Explaining further, he said EC pill I-pill containing the
hormone Levonorgestrel prevents possible pregnancy if taken
within 72 hours of unprotected sexual act.

It usually acts by inhibition or delay of ovulation and
may also inhibit implantation.

PTI