Emergency contraception is a safe and effective way to prevent unintended pregnancy when used within a certain time frame after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure. In Malaysia, emergency contraception is available and can be accessed through pharmacies, clinics, and hospitals.
Emergency contraception is not the same as the abortion pill, which is illegal in Malaysia. Emergency contraception works by preventing or delaying ovulation, which means that it stops the release of an egg from the ovaries. It is not effective if a woman is already pregnant.
Emergency contraception can be taken in the form of a pill or a copper intrauterine device (IUD). The pill, also known as the “morning-after pill,” is most effective when taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex. It can be taken up to 120 hours (five days) after, but its effectiveness decreases the longer it is taken after unprotected sex.
The copper IUD can be inserted up to five days after unprotected sex and is more effective than the pill. It can also be used as ongoing contraception.
In Malaysia, the most commonly used emergency contraceptive pill is the progestin-only pill, which is available without a prescription. It can be purchased at pharmacies, clinics, and hospitals.
It is important to remember that emergency contraception is not a replacement for regular contraception. It should only be used in emergency situations and is not as effective as regular methods of contraception such as the pill, condom, or IUD.
If you have had unprotected sex and are concerned about unwanted pregnancy, it is important to consult with a healthcare provider about your options for emergency contraception. They can provide you with accurate information and guidance on the best course of action for your individual situation.