How annoying is it having to remember to take your pill at the same time. Every. Single. Day. Women world-over know it’s punishing, but unless you aspire to star in Teen Mom (or even twentysomething mum), it’s also very necessary. But do we have some (potentially) good news for you…there is a “pericoital pill” in development. Real world translation: soon you might be able to take a contraceptive pill that only needs to be taken just before you actually do the horizontal mambo.
This little bad boy would do exactly what it says on the tin (pericoital literally translate to “around sex”) – stop you becoming a baby mumma by releasing hormones that prevent pregnancy, much like the regular pill. The occasional pills would containLevonorgestrel, the active ingredient used in lots of contraception. The upside is that they would contain less hormones than the pill you’re talking right now - fewer synthetics circulating around your bod must be good.
So it’s almost like the morning after pill, but you take it before the fact. Sounds simple, but would you trust it and is it safe? According to Bedsider.org, pericoitals would be less effective than the current pill, but better than condoms. However, even though it has a lower dose of hormones, which should mean less side-effects, it’s believed pericoitals would mess with our periods quite a lot – so that a definite downside.
Researchers from Behavioral and Biomedical Research, Family Health International, say, “Repeated use of postcoital hormonal contraception is not currently recommended due to the higher risk of side effects and lower contraceptive effectiveness compared to other modern methods of contraception.” Doesn’t sound fun, but they add, “Emerging evidence indicates renewed interest in a regular coitally-dependent method of oral contraception.” In normal speak, this means: they know that women are interested in this form of contraception, so they are going to do more research into it and eventually try to get the World Health Organisations backing.
Another issue we have with this form of pill is that all the onus is on women, is this just an excuse for guys to be slack and not take responsibility for contraception? We imagine some couples would use this instead of condoms, even though it provides zero protection against STIs. But hey, anything that makes preventing baby-making easier is worth looking into we say.