Posted by: Nan | 2003/12/29

Morning-After pill

I recently found that my very uneducated cousin, has been using the "morning-after" pill, after every time she had intercourse. She is now 19 years old, but surely this could not be good for her? She has had troubles with her mentruation, not regular etc, and then excessive bleeding... What are the dangers?? I've taken her to a doctor, and she is on the pill now... but I did not mention this to the doc, as I only found out now.. She must have used it about 20 odd times! please help!

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Frequent use of the morning after pill would certainly disrupt the cycle. There should not, however, be any longterm effects. There are different types of morning after pill and the oestrogen containing ones have higher than usual doses of oestrogen. Frequent use of high dose oestrogen can cause problems like leg clots, but your cousin's age favours her and these problems are not likely to occur in her case. If she is now on the Pill, there should not be any residual effects from the morning after pill, apart from an irregular cycle.

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