Festive season parties and consequences

Mthandazo Ndlovu

The homecoming parties and shows have been the order of the day during the festive season, and some chemicals were induced in order for people to catch up with the vibe, unaware of the long term side effects of having such chemicals in your body.

One of the parties that caught my eye were the pants down parties that were going on among the youth, as if poly drugging their counterparts for the ease of having sex with them is not enough, there is now the extra mile of the morning-after pill (MAP) after the sexual orgies and this is given to the girls.

Worse more, these girls are made to take them unknowingly, ignoring the fact that these pills could have adverse effects after use, and also in excessive doses as these young men try and hide the future evidence that they indulged in unprotected sexual activities.

The morning-after pill comes with serious side effects, especially for the young person (teenagers). The morning-after pill contains levonorgestrel (the sole active ingredient) at higher doses which has its well documented side effects.

The effects include weight gain, one will find themselves increasing in stature, ovarian cyst enlargement that at times leads to ovarian cancer, especially for the teenagers as they are still in the process of development, gall bladder disease, high blood pressure and respiratory disorders.

In some women there is the increased risk of ectopic pregnancy (where the fetus grows outside the womb) and death.

To some these serious adverse effects of levonorgestrel lead to further health risks for, anorexia or clinical depression.

Levonorgestrel is a synthetic derivative of the naturally occurring female sex hormone progesterone and this can prevent ovulation and increase the thickness of the natural mucus at the neck of the womb to make it more difficult for the sperm to enter.

Its good use would imply the pills are only used once in one’s menstrual cycle as more than once can lead to difficulty in conceiving in the future, reason being whatever chemicals we take into our bodies are stored in the fatty tissues and they find their way back once the body gets heated up.

Miscarriages become common to the users of the pill due to the fact the body is now conditioned to that when fertilisation occurs it has to be washed out, and owing to the fact that chemicals stay in the body long after use and form metabolites, even when one has stopped using there is always the metabolites that will find themselves back into the bloodstream resulting in these miscarriages.

To the young and to the old be mindful and responsible for whatever you use in the name of a good cause.

Due to these pants down orgy parties we are facing a generation of youths that will be victims of ovarian cancer, ectopic pregnancies, miscarriages and infertility.

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