How to Use Nordette
With the cost of living getting higher and higher as each year passes by, family planning has become essential in building a healthy, happy family. Today, contraceptives are considered to be an indispensable tool in family planning, as unwanted pregnancies can only create unplanned number of children that could, in turn, eventually lead to hunger and family disruption. There are many types of contraceptives, but the more common types are condoms and pills. In this article, the author talks about how to use pills, specifically Nordette.
- What is Nordette? Nordette is an oral contraceptive pill. It works by suppressing gonadotropins, and in turn, preventing ovulation. Aside from this, it also contains active ingredients that reduce cervical mucus making it more difficult for the sperm to enter into the uterus, and alters the endometrium reducing the chances of implantation.
- How is it used? If used properly, Nordette is a highly-effective tool for preventing pregnancy. Notice that it contains 21 small yellow pills. Users of Nordette are advised to take a tablet once a day, at intervals not exceeding twenty-four hours, for 21 days. To maximize the effect of this pill, take it at bedtime, or after evening meals. This also prevents nausea from taking place, since it is a pill that should not be taken with an empty stomach. In case you have missed a pill, double the dosage (2 pills) for the next day, and continue with your cycle as you would normally do. But when you have missed more than two pills or at least three pills, you should already begin a new cycle that should begin after eight days from the last time you have taken a pill. Should you still continue your cycle even you’ve already missed taking it for at least three days, you remain unprotected from pregnancy.
- While using Nordette as an effective way in deterring pregnancies, it also has its fair share of drawbacks. It increases the risk of myocardial infarction, more especially to those over 35 years of age who smoke excessively (at least 15 sticks a day) at the same time they use Nordette. Aside from this, Nordette aggravates other risk factors such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, age and hyperlipidemias. Furthermore, recent studies have shown that some cerebrovascular events, like hemorrhagic and thrombotic strokes, can be attributed to the usage of Nordette, especially to those hypertensive women over 35 years of age who also smoke. In addition to this, women experiencing migraine are not advised to use this contraceptive, as risk of stroke will only be increased with use of Nordette. Moreover, research has shown that the use of oral contraceptives can slightly increase the risk of having breast cancer and invasive cervical cancer, due to some carcinogens that they contain. As a precaution, consult your physician first before you take oral contraceptives.
WARNING: Nordette does not protect you from catching HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. In other words, Nordette only protects you from unplanned and unwanted pregnancies, but not from getting STDs. If you want to protect yourself from STDs, use condoms or simply abstain from any sexual conduct.
Filed Under: Sexual Health