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Cuáles son las ¿Pastillas para bajar la regla?

Las pastillas para bajar la regla son medicamentos que se pueden tomar si tu menstruación se retrasa y sospechas que estás embarazada* cuando no quieres estarlo. También las llamamos "pastillas para el período perdido" o "tardío".

¿Qué hacen las pastillas para bajar la regla?

Las pastillas para bajar la regla provocan la menstruación (otra palabra para la regla) cuando se ha retrasado, aunque sea por unos pocos días. Si estás embarazada, estas pastillas podrían suspender el embarazo temprano. Pero no tienes que hacerte una prueba de embarazo o confirmar que estás embarazada antes de usar las pastillas para bajar la regla. Son seguras; se han utilizado en todo el mundo durante décadas; y cuando se toma tres o cuatro días después que tu regla se retrasa, tienen más del 90% de efectividad para asegurar que no continua un embarazo.

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Espera, ¿las pastillas para bajar la regla son de verdad?

¡Sí! Las pastillas para bajar la regla son de verdad. En los Estados Unidos, hemos usado estas pastillas durante veinte años para inducir un aborto seguro con medicamentos.

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¡Sí! Las pastillas para la regla son de verdad.

¡Sí! Las pastillas para la regla son de verdad. En los Estados Unidos, hemos usado estas patillas durante veinte años para inducir un aborto seguro con medicamentos. Pero en otros países del mundo, estas pastillas también se usan cuando las reglas se retrasan y las personas quieren tener su regla y no estar embarazadas. A veces esto se conoce como “regulación menstrual,” “empujar un período” o “hacer bajar un período''. Por ejemplo, en Bangladesh, el gobierno promueve la regulación menstrual, y las mujeres pueden tomar pastillas para la regla hasta diez semanas después de no tener la menstruación, para asegurarse de que no estén embarazadas.

  • Are period pills safe?
    Yes, missed period pills (misoprostol with mifepristone or misoprostol alone) have been used by millions of women worldwide for early abortion, menstrual regulation and other gynecological indications. Both medications are also widely used by non-pregnant people for other medical indications, such as stomach ulcers and uterine fibroids. While there are side effects from taking these medicines (including cramping and bleeding that indicate they are working), these side effects are usually mild, and serious side effects are rare.
  • How effective are period pills?
    Currently, there are two main medication regimens that healthcare providers use to bring down a late period or induce a very, very early abortion. The first, misoprostol alone, is around 92% effective at bringing on bleeding and ending a potential early pregnancy when used as directed. When misoprostol is combined with another medicine, mifepristone, the pills to bring on a period are even more effective. Used in combination, these medicines are 95-98% effective in bringing on bleeding and cramping and ending a potential pregnancy. Importantly, if the pills do not work and a person is pregnant after taking the medications, there may be a risk for the developing embryo. People should only take missed period pills if they are sure they do not want to be pregnant, and would have an abortion if the period pills did not work.
  • How do period pills work?
    If someone is pregnant, taking these medications will end their pregnancy. This can be referred to as an abortion. But since pregnancy is not verified before taking the pills, a person will never know if they were or weren’t starting a pregnancy when they took the pills. Late period pills will bring down a person’s menses even if they aren’t pregnant, and can provide reassurance and peace of mind if someone doesn’t want to be pregnant. A person does not need to take a pregnancy test or confirm a pregnancy to use missed period pills.
  • What happens if I take the pills when I’m not pregnant?
    Period pills will cause cramping and bleeding, and bring down your late period even if you are not pregnant. They are safe to use whether or not you are in the beginning stages of a pregnancy.
  • Do people really need this option?  Why not just wait a week or two and have an abortion?
    It can be stressful and scary to realize that you or your sexual partner have a late period when you don’t want to be pregnant. In such situations, being forced to wait one to two weeks before getting help for a possible unwanted pregnancy may be difficult. Using medicines to bring down a person’s period can alleviate much of this stress and anxiety by enabling people to end a possible unwanted pregnancy right away. In a recent study that assessed interest in missed period pills among people with late periods, many participants expressed interest due to anticipated psychological or emotional benefits. Here are some of the reasons people gave, in their own words: “It would be easier on my emotional well-being to not know I was actually pregnant but to alleviate the issue which is my missed period.” “Finding out if your [sic] pregnant is a scary, unpleasant thing if you are of my opinion of pregnancy and kids in general, and finding that out, not to mention having to go through an abortion can sometimes feel ‘wrong’ for lack of a better word. Right after my abortion I did feel depressed (not regretful though), and I think that without having that shock of finding out your [sic] pregnant, then going through the waiting period for abortion…I feel like there would be more reason for women to come to a place where they can just spur their period on. It would be a psychological cushion, in a sense, for those women who may be unsure of their own feelings on abortion, pregnancy and sexual health in general.” “I wouldn’t feel I am a bad person” “Because I feel most young girls are not ready to be mothers like myself. But family and friends frown on the fact of abortion and therefore they have to keep it most of the time...”
  • Shouldn’t pregnant people be comfortable with abortion?  Shouldn’t people know if they are pregnant before they take pills that can end a pregnancy?
    Recent research shows what we know anecdotally: Some people want clarity as to whether or not they are in the very beginning stages of pregnancy, and some of them are comfortable with the idea of an abortion either in a clinic or with pills at home. Other people may prefer not to know if they are pregnant before intervening. And some people may simply want to avoid waiting longer to schedule an abortion. Advocates for period pills believe healthcare providers should meet people where they are, and that offering everyone more options for fertility control is a good thing. People who want abortions should be able to access safe, legal, affordable abortion options. People who want to take pills when their periods are late without knowing their pregnancy status should also have the option to do so.
  • Could widespread use of late period pills result in unnecessary treatment of people who aren’t pregnant and/or those who might have a very early pregnancy loss, also known as a chemical pregnancy, without intervention?"
    In many instances, people choose to take medicines that they may or may not need in order to prevent an unwanted condition. For instance, people may take emergency contraception to prevent pregnancy, even if doing so is actually “unnecessary” because they were not at risk for pregnancy or would not have gotten pregnant that cycle. People also take anti-malarial medicines when they believe they may be exposed to malaria, even if they end up not being bitten by a malarial mosquito. Advocates for taking pills to bring down a period believe they are similar: if people want their periods to return, and do not want to be pregnant, then regardless of their pregnancy status, taking these medicines provides benefit. In addition, people sometimes elect to take medicines mainly for the psychological benefits they provide. Missed period pills can help to reduce the stress and anxiety of a possible unwanted pregnancy, allowing people to take care of a missed period as soon as it occurs.

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Hacer bajar la regla es  una práctica tradicional

Históricamente, los estadounidenses usaban medicamentos o hierbas para bajar la regla. Esto era aceptable y normal  para asegurar no estar embarazada antes de que se confirmara el embarazo. En la América colonial, por ejemplo, se confirmaba al sentir un feto moverse dentro de la persona embarazada(alrededor de 14 a 16 semanas después de su última regla). Las mujeres podían intentar bajar sus regla antes de este tiempo si no querían tener un embarazo en ese momento.

Hay dudas con un posible embarazo 

Hoy en día podemos saber muy rápidamente sobre un embarazo usando pruebas de embarazo caseras. Las pastillas para la regla nos permiten elegir nuestras reglas o tener embarazos químicos cuando no queremos que se establezca un embarazo. En lugar de esperar y preocuparnos, podemos tomar pastillas y hacer bajar la regla.

Esta forma tradicional de controlar la fertilidad puede parecer nueva y sorprendente, pero en realidad es una forma muy antigua de manejar un posible embarazo no deseado.  

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