Side Effects of Mala D

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Mala D is an oral contraceptive pill that contains two female hormones; estrogen and progesterone. Mala D is taken to delay the menstrual period or make the period occur less frequently or in some cases to prevent the arrival of the menstrual cycle at a specific time.This technique is called menstrual manipulation. Two important questions to ask about this technique are; is it safe and what are the side effects of a contraceptive such as Mala D?

How The Pill Works

Mala D simulates the natural cycle; ovulation (the release of the egg from the ovary) does not occur due to suppression of the hormone that causes ovulation. Mala D pills are taken starting from the sixth day of menstruation for a period of 21 days. On the 21st day a placebo is taken. This mimics progesterone withdrawal and brings on the menstrual cycle; after seven days Mala D is started again.

Side Effects

Some of the side effects of Mala D like most oral hormonal contraceptives include acne, breast tenderness and bloating, nausea and mood changes. In addition there may be headache, leg cramps and changes in weight and in some cases, pigmentation on the face. Contact your doctor for advice about these symptoms.

Serious Side Effects

The formation of blood clots in the leg or other parts of the body is a serious side effect because these blood clots could separate and migrate to the brain causing a stroke, or to the heart blocking circulation to a portion of the heart muscle causing a myocardial infarction (heart attack).

Dangerous Warning Signs

The following symptoms usually occur when contraceptive pills are taken for a long period of time. These are dangerous signs that must be treated as a life threatening medical emergency. Seek immediate medical attention for any of these symptoms. Signs of bloating, severe abdominal pain or severe chest pain and shortness of breath. Other dangerous warning signs include headache, blurred vision and severe leg pain or lump in the breast.

Considerations

It’s important to have a gynecologist consultation before talking Mala D. If you have the following conditions you will not be able to take Mala D. Hypertension, a family history of cervical or breast cancer or a history of liver disease, blood clot or a history of stroke. There might be an episode of spotting or bleeding between periods referred to as breakthrough.

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