Dar specialists advise against using emergency contraceptive pills

In separate interviews, they said that recklessly taking the pills can lead to side effects such as changes in menstrual bleeding pattern, nausea, abdominal pain, headache, dizziness, fatigue, amenorrhea, ovarian cysts, genital discharge, acne, breast tenderness, etc. Vulvovaginitis

dr Simon Chilunda, a doctor at Rabininsia Memorial Hospital in Dar es Salaam, suggested that thorough education about using the pills was needed.

He also suggested that the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Tanzania and Health join forces to find solutions to the increasing number of young girls who have allegedly used such abortion pills.

He said: “You cannot deny the use of P2 at all. For example, as a doctor in rape scenes, we use post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), P2 pills and STD pills as medications to be taken very soon after possible HIV infection to prevent the virus.”

“From my point of view, I think that ways to minimize P2 intake can prevail if stakeholders from the Ministry of Health and Education educate girls and women intensively about sex and parenting methods of sexually transmitted diseases and methods of family planning,” he said, adding add that there are other simple means to control pregnancy such as a calendar, if taught well many will not jump to P2.

Michael Raxson, a pharmaceutical technician at Nakiete Pharmacy, said that despite the emergencies that led to its use, people need to know there are implications such as cancer and hormonal imbalance.

“There are so many groups using P2 to mention. In fact, there are undeniable circumstances that require adult women to take these pills. Our job has been to educate patients and what we say about contraceptives, for example, is that they should not be used from time to time as they can cause cancer and hormonal imbalance. Therefore, a partnership between the health and education ministries is needed to educate people about the negative effects of taking P2 pills,” he said.

Another tech, Dorice Daniel, said regular purchases have continued despite the government’s urging to users of P2 impacts.

“Actually, despite the government’s warnings, there are no changes for the time being. Since the report, 48 packs have been sold so far, which is different from previous sales,” she said, adding, “I think customer switching is under pressure given the government’s ban on the pills.”

Nasra Hamoud, a pharmacist at Care Point Pharmacy Kibangu, appreciated the government’s contribution to P2 as she sometimes meets customers who don’t hesitate to buy the pills three times a month.

Findings from the Parliamentary HIV/AIDS Committee earlier this month reported high P2 use by girls aged 14 to 24, some of which was causing transmission to skyrocket.

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