HYDERABAD: Gynaecologists have expressed concern over the ‘indiscriminate’ use of emergency contraceptive pill and warned that it could lead to increased incidence of abortions and disturbance in the menstrual cycle.

Of late, gynaecologists in the city have noticed “indiscriminate” use of the pill which should be used rarely and only in emergency, cautioned S. Shantha Kumari, vice-president, city chapter of the Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecological Societies of India and Ruchi Mehrotra, medical officer, Family Planning Association of India at a press conference here on Wednesday. T. Vindhya, secretary-elect of the Obstetrics and Gynaecological Society of Hyderabad, said the pill should not be made available as an over-the-counter drug.

Pointing out that the awareness level about emergency contraception was “abysmally low”, Dr. Shantha Kumari and Dr. Mehrotra said it was not a substitute for regular contraception. It should be used to prevent unintended pregnancy only when regular family planning methods fail. They sought to dispel ‘misconceptions’ that it would offer protection against sexually-transmitted diseases/HIV.