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reliable information on how illegal drugs affect womenís health is hard to
Findings are often based on inadequate information about the women involved, or
animal studies. Drugs can affect appetite, weight and appearance, moods and
cope with everyday matters. But this section concentrates on how they affect
cycle and your security.
taking some drugs like E, you may experience heavier, irregular periods: some
reports say that periods have stopped altogether. In fewer cases, women have
light spotting after taking a drug. This may be caused by the drug or by other
lack of food or sleep or because of increased exercise. Dancing a lot, staying
up all night,
and not resting enough could affect your weight and general health, which in
affect your period and mood.
far as it is known, illegal drugs, like Ecstasy, do not interfere with the
workings of the
contraceptive pill, though other impurities in the drugs may decrease itís
your periods stop, that does not necessarily mean that you have stopped
and you could still get pregnant.
effect of some drugs might make you feel less inclined to practice safe sex.
have a condom handy and make sure it is used if needed. If
you are worried that you have risked it in the last 5 days, you can get
contraception from the family planning clinic. You donít have to be over 16.
The use of all drugs, including alcohol and
tobacco, during pregnancy is considered
highly dangerous. Please see Pregnancy below.
drugs, like Rohypnol, Ketamnine and GHB, have the capacity to knock you out
cold for a few hours: you should remember the risk of date rape. As you
there are a lot of guys out there who will take advantage of you, the second
you let them. If
you are going to take these drugs, be extra sure that you have trustworthy and
friends to look out for you.
someone does give you unpleasant vibes, ignore them. If that doesnít deter
to your friends or move somewhere else. Even though it is a hassle to move
someone elseís inconsideration, it will be for the best. A useful tip is to
turn your back on
someone when you feel too strong a vibe from them - this is a clear message.
Donít be afraid of offending anyone - it is you who matters and itís your
right to do so anyway. If all
else fails, ask for help at a security area or organisers office.
Drug use during pregnancy should be
reduced to a minimum, if not stopped
completely. The rapidly developing tissues of the embryo and foetus are
to the effects of ALL drugs. The placenta is not a barrier to the passage of
most drugs, so
it should be assumed that drugs taken during pregnancy will reach the foetus in
risks associated with non-medical drug use during pregnancy include:
Low birth weight, which may affect how able a baby is to stay healthy;
Increased incidence of miscarriage;
Higher incidence of congenital abnormalities, such as cleft palate,
Higher incidence of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Sudden stopping of tranquillisers, barbiturates, heroin or methadone can be very
to yourself and your baby, so withdraw slowly. Speak to a doctor or drug
advice. Itís safe to stop using ecstasy, speed, LSD, solvents or cannabis
/ Ecstasy and Pregnancy:
womenísí menstrual cycles are affected by
taking ecstasy. Periods may become quite irregular, but this does not mean that
women are infertile. Ecstasy does not stop ovulation and cannot be used as a
risks of taking MDMA during pregnancy include:
Increased risk of miscarriage
A higher risk of congenital abnormalities, such as a cleft palate
Rupturing of the placenta
Low birth weight and growth-retarded babies, which may affect how able a baby is
Decreased interactive behaviour
Although the risk of miscarriage is high when taking ecstasy during pregnancy,
also a high risk of the foetus developing to full term, but experiencing birth
desperate cases, women have been known to take excessive amounts of drugs to
a miscarriage. This is not only harmful to the woman, but also to the
which may survive, and be badly affected.
There have been reports of severe
damage to the women, such as burst fallopian tubes, which results in one not
being able to
have any more children. It is far safer to visit a clinic or hospital to
terminate an unwanted
pregnancy. Most major hospitals and clinics can now perform a legal and
service in this regard. Lifeline can help with advice and counselling: you can
number is on this website.
Do NOT use any drugs before or during sex:
Drugs can cause you not to have save sex.
you fall pregnant the child may have defects.