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Dental Emergency

Dr.Premendra Goyal 93% (964ratings)
BDS
Dentist, Mumbai
Accidents happen, and knowing what to do when one occurs can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth.
Here are some tips for common dental emergencies:

• For a knocked-out permanent or adult tooth, keep it moist at all times. If you can, try placing the tooth back in the socket without touching the root. If that’s not possible, place it in between your cheek and gums, in milk, or water. Then, get to your dentist’s clinic right away.

• For a cracked tooth, immediately rinse the mouth with warm water to clean the area. Put cold compresses on the face to keep any swelling down
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• If you bite your tongue or lip, clean the area gently with water and apply a cold compress.

• For toothaches, rinse the mouth with warm water to clean it out. Gently use dental floss to remove any food caught between the teeth.

• For objects stuck in the mouth, try to gently remove with floss but do not try to remove it with sharp or pointed instruments.

When you have a dental emergency, it’s important to visit your dentist or an hospital as soon as possible.

Here are some simple precautions you can take to avoid accident and injury to the teeth:
• Wear a mouthguard when participating in sports or recreational activities.

• Avoid chewing ice, popcorn kernels, beetle nut ( supari ) and hard candy, all of which can crack a tooth.

• Use scissors, NEVER your teeth, to cut things.

Most dentists reserve time in their daily schedules for emergency patients. Call your dentist and provide as much detail as possible about your condition.
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Emergency contraception

Dr.Megha Tuli 94% (1855ratings)
MD - Obstetrtics & Gynaecology, MBBS, Masters in Aesthetic Gynaecology
Gynaecologist, Gurgaon
Emergency contraception
Taking more than 1 ipill a month can impair the delicate hormonal balance and delay your periods. Constant and rampant use of ipill can cause severe hormonal imbalances which do not respond to regular treatment.
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Emergency Contraception In Brief!

Dr.Ankita Mittal 89% (23ratings)
MBBS, MS - Obstetrics & Gynaecology, DNB - Obstetrics & Gynecology, MNAMS, Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynaecological Surgery, ICOG - Certificate Course in Gynaecological Endoscopy
Gynaecologist, Gurgaon
Emergency Contraception In Brief!

As a gynaecologist, something that I really hate doing is medical termination of pregnancy. After all, I wanted to be a doctor to save lives, not to take one. Couples, at times unmarried young girls, come with unwanted pregnancies asking for medical help for termination of the same. I do understand how stressful the situation is and the associated confusion, worry and guilt.

According to the first national study of the incidence of abortion and unintended pregnancy in India, an estimated 15.6 million abortions were performed in the country in 2015 (this is the documented data, the actual figures must be much higher). This translates to an abortion rate of 47 per 1,000 women aged 15–49 years. 1 Though India was the first country in the world to launch a National Programme for Family Planning in 1952, more than 6 decades later the unmet need for modern methods of contraception* was still as high as 20.4% in 2015.2

No contraceptive method is absolutely foolproof but it is strongly recommended to use a modern contraceptive method regularly. Yet the majority of couples at some point of time have faced the grim situation when they either didn’t use a contraceptive in the heat of the moment or the contraception that they had been using failed and the act of pleasure ended up giving a lot more headache than they had asked for. And then the lady would wait for her periods (never wanting them as badly as in that cycle) and in case she would miss them then the management of an unwanted pregnancy- either by termination or by continuing with it halfheartedly would follow. A termination besides causing physical discomfort and carrying its own inherent medical risks also causes a lot of mental stress, emotional disturbances and disrupted family life. Instead of leaving everything to nature isn’t it better to be more proactive and opt for “EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION”. I was going through the patient information leaflet by the NHS for emergency contraception and found it pretty useful, hence sharing the important information from the same.3

What is emergency contraception?

It’s a contraceptive which can prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex or if the contraception you have used has failed – for example, a condom has split or you have missed a pill.

What are the options available for emergency contraception?

  1. Emergency contraceptive pill (the “morning after” pill) which can be either a tablet of Levonorgesterol 0.75 mg (common brand names: I pill, Unwanted 72, etc.) or a tablet of Ulipristal acetate 30 mg (its availability for this purpose is still an issue in the Indian market)
  2. Intrauterine contraceptive device (IUD or “the coil”, commonly available as Cu- T, Multiload, Mirena, etc.)

Some quick facts about emergency contraception:

  • You need to take the emergency contraceptive pill within 3 days (Levonorgesterol, 0.75 mg- single dose) or 5 days (Ulipristal acetate, 30 mg- single dose) of unprotected sex for it to be effective – the sooner you take it, the more effective it'll be.
  • The IUD can be fitted up to 5 days after unprotected sex, or up to 5 days after the earliest time you could have ovulated, for it to be effective.
  • The IUD is more effective than the contraceptive pill at preventing pregnancy – less than 1% of women who use the IUD get pregnant.
  • Taking the emergency contraceptive pills can give you a headache or tummy pain, your breasts can feel heavier and more tender, you can feel nauseated or you might actually puke, your acne can worsen and you can have mood swings.
  • The emergency contraceptive pill can make your next period come earlier, later or more painful than usual.
  • If you're sick (vomit) within 2 hours of taking the levonorgesterol tablet or 3 hours of taking ulipristal acetate, go to your GP, pharmacist or gynecologist, as you'll need to take another dose or have an IUD fitted.
  • If you use the IUD as emergency contraception, it can be left in and used as your regular contraceptive method.
  • If you use the IUD as a regular method of contraception, it can make your periods longer, heavier or more painful.
  • You may feel some discomfort when the IUD is put in, but painkillers can help.
  • There are no serious side effects of using emergency contraception.
  • Emergency contraception doesn't cause an abortion.

So that’s a brief summary about emergency contraception. Though quite effective it still doesn’t ensure you cent percent that you won’t conceive- you might still end up having an unwanted pregnancy. But at least you play your best card and decrease the chances of getting pregnant by opting for emergency contraception. Also, the pills should not be exploited and should be used only as an “emergency” and not as a habit or in place of a regular contraceptive.

So let us all show some more maturity and the next time you end up having unprotected sex, don’t panic but act wisely and go for an emergency contraceptive ASAP!

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Know More About Emergency Contraception!

Dr.Swati Gupta 90% (62ratings)
MBBS, MS - Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Gynaecologist, Kanpur
Know More About Emergency Contraception!

Contraception refers to something, which works to prevent a pregnancy from occurring. But what is emergency contraception? This sort of contraception is made use of in case other methods of birth control do not work or a woman has had unprotected sex.

This sort of contraception is also referred to as the morning after pill and postcoital contraception, which effectively means that it is taken after sex. Well, if while having sexual intercourse, there is a breakage of the condom or it slips off the penis, then it is a good idea to make use of emergency contraceptives, as should a woman if it so happens that she misses two or more birth control pills over the course of her monthly cycle.

While it is true that a large majority of emergency contraceptives, which are available in the market today are in the form of pills, note that this is not the only form of emergency contraception. As a matter of fact, copper containing intra uterine devices (IUDs) happen to be the most effective way to prevent a pregnancy from occurring, but this is only true if they are fitted within five days of unprotected sex. Again, even in this case, the sooner, the better!

Most people believe that an emergency contraceptive is almost always successful in ending a pregnancy. This is quite inaccurate as the main intention of an emergency contraceptive is not to end a pregnancy, but to prevent it from happening in the first place. This is exactly why it is so essential to have an emergency contraceptive pill after sex as soon as possible. The longer a woman delays, the higher the risk of fertilisation taking place and pregnancy then being left to be a foregone conclusion.

It is important to keep in mind that emergency contraception is not a substitute for taking precautions when it comes to sex. As a matter of fact, it can be said that there is no substitute for being responsible and making use of condoms or birth-control pills in a prudent way. After all, who wants to have the stress and the repercussions of a potential unwanted pregnancy? It makes quite a bit of sense to take some extra care so that there is no need for anxiety, as it isn’t really required and sex remains as much fun as intended!

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Know More About Emergency Contraception!

MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, MS - Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Gynaecologist, Bangalore
Know More About Emergency Contraception!

Contraception refers to something, which works to prevent a pregnancy from occurring. But what is emergency contraception? This sort of contraception is made use of in case other methods of birth control do not work or a woman has had unprotected sex.

This sort of contraception is also referred to as the morning after pill and post-coital contraception, which effectively means that it is taken after sex. Well, if while having sexual intercourse, there is a breakage of the condom or it slips off the penis, then it is a good idea to make use of emergency contraceptives, as should a woman if it so happens that she misses two or more birth control pills over the course of her monthly cycle.

While it is true that a large majority of emergency contraceptives, which are available in the market today are in the form of pills, note that this is not the only form of emergency contraception. As a matter of fact, copper-containing intrauterine devices (IUDs) happen to be the most effective way to prevent a pregnancy from occurring, but this is only true if they are fitted within five days of unprotected sex. Again, even in this case, the sooner, the better!

Most people believe that an emergency contraceptive is almost always successful in ending a pregnancy. This is quite inaccurate as the main intention of an emergency contraceptive is not to end a pregnancy, but to prevent it from happening in the first place. This is exactly why it is so essential to have an emergency contraceptive pill after sex as soon as possible. The longer a woman delays, the higher the risk of fertilization taking place and pregnancy then being left to be a foregone conclusion.

It is important to keep in mind that emergency contraception is not a substitute for taking precautions when it comes to sex. As a matter of fact, it can be said that there is no substitute for being responsible and making use of condoms or birth-control pills in a prudent way. After all, who wants to have the stress and the repercussions of a potential unwanted pregnancy? It makes quite a bit of sense to take some extra care so that there is no need for anxiety, as it isn’t really required and sex remains as much fun as intended!

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Emergency Contraception!

Dr.Gitanjali 95% (3938ratings)
MS - Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Gynaecologist, Delhi
Emergency Contraception!

Emergency contraception refers to method of contraception that can be used after sexual intercourse

Methods of emergency contraception are

  • 1insertion of cu-t within 5 days of sexual contact
  • 2 emergency contraceptive pills --tab levonorgesterol (i-pill, unwanted 72) to be taken within 72 hours but are more effective if taken within 24 hours
  • Tab ulipristal acetate 30 mg
  •  3.3-5 tablets of oral contraceptive pill.

Tab levonorgesterol 1.5 mg single dose is most commonly used emergency contraception. Here we will be discussing emergency contraceptive pill -levonorgesterol (ecp)
 
Ecp prevents pregnancy by delaying ovulation (egg release). It does not interrupt an existing pregnancy

 Ecp should be used in following conditions -

  • Unprotected intercourse
  • Concerned about regular contraceptive failure. Like condom tears or slips. Missed pill for regular 3 days etc
  • Incorrect use of contraceptive
  • Sexual assault

Ecp prevents 95% of pregnancy if taken within 72hours of unprotected intercourse

There are no medical contraindication to use of ecp but it should not be used regularly, after the use of ecp a regular contraceptive method should be resumed. Like oral contraceptive pill or iucd or injectable contraceptives

Side effects of ecp use are-

 If periods are delayed after intake of ecp urine pregnancy test should be done

Thus emergency contraceptive pill should not be considered an alternative to regular contraceptive method. Regular contraceptive method should be adopted and ecp should be used only in emergency.

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How do I know when my eye problem is an emergency? When should I self-treat, go to my eye doctor, or head to Emergency?

Dr.Meetu Bansal 89% (131ratings)
FICO-1, DOMS
Ophthalmologist, Delhi
How do I know when my eye problem is an emergency? When should I self-treat, go to my eye doctor, or head to Emergency?
Eye as a general rule should never be self treated. This can lead to multitude of complications. But taking good care by wearing correct power, sunglasses, healthy diet is what you can do. Also you can wash your eyes with drinking cold water if something falls in your eye.
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Homeopathic Remedies For Emergency!

MF Homeo (London), DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery), Biochemistry M.D.( PG) (Kol), CMS Ed, Affilied by UGC & MCI.
Homeopath, Kolkata
Homeopathic Remedies For Emergency!

Homeopathic Remedies For Emergency!

Emergency Contraception - What is it?

Dr.Gittika Sharma 89% (113ratings)
MBBS, DNB (Obstetrics and Gynecology), Fellowship in IVF
Gynaecologist, Amritsar
Emergency Contraception - What is it?

Contraception refers to something, which works to prevent a pregnancy from occurring. But what is emergency contraception? This sort of contraception is made use of in case other methods of birth control do not work or a woman has had unprotected sex.

This sort of contraception is also referred to as the morning after pill and postcoital contraception, which effectively means that it is taken after sex. Well, if while having sexual intercourse, there is a breakage of the condom or it slips off the penis, then it is a good idea to make use of emergency contraceptives, as should a woman if it so happens that she misses two or more birth control pills over the course of her monthly cycle.

While it is true that a large majority of emergency contraceptives, which are available in the market today are in the form of pills, note that this is not the only form of emergency contraception. As a matter of fact, copper containing intra uterine devices (IUDs) happen to be the most effective way to prevent a pregnancy from occurring, but this is only true if they are fitted within five days of unprotected sex. Again, even in this case, the sooner, the better!


Most people believe that an emergency contraceptive is almost always successful in ending a pregnancy. This is quite inaccurate as the main intention of an emergency contraceptive is not to end a pregnancy, but to prevent it from happening in the first place. This is exactly why it is so essential to have an emergency contraceptive pill after sex as soon as possible. The longer a woman delays, the higher the risk of fertilisation taking place and pregnancy then being left to be a foregone conclusion.

It is important to keep in mind that emergency contraception is not a substitute for taking precautions when it comes to sex. As a matter of fact, it can be said that there is no substitute for being responsible and making use of condoms or birth-control pills in a prudent way. After all, who wants to have the stress and the repercussions of a potential unwanted pregnancy? It makes quite a bit of sense to take some extra care so that there is no need for anxiety, as it isn’t really required and sex remains as much fun as intended! If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a gynaecologist and ask a free question.

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What Is Emergency Contraception?

Masters In Counselling & Psychotherapy, DGO, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Gynaecologist, Mumbai
What Is Emergency Contraception?

Contraception refers to something, which works to prevent a pregnancy from occurring. But what is emergency contraception? This sort of contraception is made use of in case other methods of birth control do not work or a woman has had unprotected sex.

This sort of contraception is also referred to as the morning after pill and postcoital contraception, which effectively means that it is taken after sex. Well, if while having sexual intercourse, there is a breakage of the condom or it slips off the penis, then it is a good idea to make use of emergency contraceptives, as should a woman if it so happens that she misses two or more birth control pills over the course of her monthly cycle.

While it is true that a large majority of emergency contraceptives, which are available in the market today are in the form of pills, note that this is not the only form of emergency contraception. As a matter of fact, copper containing intra uterine devices (IUDs) happen to be the most effective way to prevent a pregnancy from occurring, but this is only true if they are fitted within five days of unprotected sex. Again, even in this case, the sooner, the better!

Most people believe that an emergency contraceptive is almost always successful in ending a pregnancy. This is quite inaccurate as the main intention of an emergency contraceptive is not to end a pregnancy, but to prevent it from happening in the first place. This is exactly why it is so essential to have an emergency contraceptive pill after sex as soon as possible. The longer a woman delays, the higher the risk of fertilisation taking place and pregnancy then being left to be a foregone conclusion.

It is important to keep in mind that emergency contraception is not a substitute for taking precautions when it comes to sex. As a matter of fact, it can be said that there is no substitute for being responsible and making use of condoms or birth-control pills in a prudent way. After all, who wants to have the stress and the repercussions of a potential unwanted pregnancy? It makes quite a bit of sense to take some extra care so that there is no need for anxiety, as it isn’t really required and sex remains as much fun as intended!

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