Whether a condom breaks or you miss a pill, pregnancy fear can invite everything from subtle nausea to full-blown panic. If you haven’t experienced it, numerous of your friends or loved ones probably have.
I was thrilled when Vagisil® reached out to me about their mission to reduce “OMG, I can’t get pregnant!” stress by allowing vulva owners to stay in control of our reproductive health with Preventeza™. Available online or over-the-counter, the single tablet emergency contraceptive prevents pregnancy using the same ingredients as many birth control pills, just at a higher dose.
Preventeza kindly sponsored my latest Girl Boner Radio episode (a goody about sketchy vs. empowering dating advice) and this blog post, written by moi!
What You Need to Know About Emergency Contraception
1 Emergency contraception prevents pregnancy.
Pregnancy doesn’t start as soon as sperm enters your body. Sperm can exist within you for up to six days post-sex and pregnancy can happen at any point meanwhile. So emergency contraception doesn’t end a pregnancy, but prevent it from starting. Preventeza works by stopping your ovaries from releasing an egg so no commingling or fertilization can happen.
2 Lots of folks can benefit from emergency contraception.
Take it from Keech Combe-Shetty, CEO Vagisil: “It’s hard to believe that while one in two women may need an EC in their lifetime, only 10 percent of women have actually used it. If you’ve had a condom break or missed a pill, you are not alone and something this common shouldn’t send you in a panic to the drug store.”
As a precaution, consider keeping Preventeza on-hand in case of a mishap.
3 Preventeza is as safe as most birth control options.
Potential side effects and risks are an important consideration when it comes to taking a medication, so I asked Dr. Logan Levkoff, an internationally recognized expert on sexuality and relationships, to weigh in on the safety of Preventeza.
“Preventeza contains 1.5 mg levongesteral, an ingredient which has been safely used for decades,” she said. “In fact it is the same ingredient found in most birth control pills and IUDs.”
In other words, it’s pretty darn safe! Potential side effects of morning after pills containing levonorgestrel tend to be tolerable and a lot less stressful than an unwanted pregnancy. These include unusual menstrual bleeding and, less commonly, pelvic pain, headaches, breast tenderness and fatigue.
4 Taking emergency contraceptives as directed is important.
If you’re already pregnant, emergency contraception won’t affect the pregnancy. Preventeza should be taken within 72 hours—i.e. 3 days—of unprotected sex. If you have any questions at all about its usage, talk to your doctor.
As Levkoff said, “part of being sexually healthy is talking to your health care provider about your sexual and reproductive health. So we shouldn’t be afraid of talking about all of our options with our doctors or HCPs, too.”
Buy One, Get One or Give One Free!
Buy one Preventeza™ Emergency Contraceptive on Vagisil.com and get one free to keep or give to a friend or loved ones. Find out how here.