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Ask the doctor:Morning After Pill

By Vision Reporter

Added 31st December 2010 03:00 AM

Does postiner prevent pregnancy and does it change the menstrual cycle?
Clare

Does postiner prevent pregnancy and does it change the menstrual cycle?
Clare

Does postiner prevent pregnancy and does it change the menstrual cycle?
Clare

Clare,
Postiner 2 is a brand of the Morning After Pill. It is an ‘emergency contraceptive pill’. Contraceptives are drugs used to prevent pregnancy. An emergency contraceptive is used to prevent pregnancy after one has had sex. For example, it prevents pregnancy after unprotected sex, or if the condom breaks, or after rape or defilement. This pill is taken in two doses. The first dose is taken as soon as possible, within 72 hours of sex. The earlier it is taken, the better. The second dose is taken 12 hours after the first dose. If it works, then you should get your periods in the next three weeks to confirm that it worked. Do a pregnancy test if there are no periods in three weeks. This pill is for ‘emergencies’. There are other things which work better for usual day-to-day prevention of pregnancy. This pill is made of the same hormones which affect a woman’s menses. It may thus change a woman’s cycle temporarily.

I have no libido
I am married, but have had no libido for two years. Is there any drug that can help?
John

John,
Libido is a sexual desire. It is different from (but often confused with) failing to get an erection. Low sexual desire is not common among men, but it can occur. The most common physical causes of low sexual desire in men is alcohol- the use or abuse of alcohol. Drugs like cocaine and others may also cause it. Some medical drugs may decrease a man’s desire, including drugs for high blood pressure, mental illnesses and others. Illnesses like cancer or anaemia or low levels of male hormone (testosterone) can also cause low libido. Low sexual desire may also be caused by psychological reasons like stress, relationship problems, fears about sex and others. It is important to see a doctor about this. The doctor will confirm the diagnosis, do investigations and advise on treatment. Low sexual desire may be a symptom of some other problem.

Questions answered by
Dr. Paul Semugoma

Ask the doctor:Morning After Pill

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