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Can I take my birth control pill the day before surgery

A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Beard
Urogynecology 25 years experience
Usually: If its an invasive surgery with a higher risk of blood clots (dvt's) then you'd be better off not taking it for a few weeks as bcp's increase the risk... Read More

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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Henning
Anesthesiology 50 years experience
4 AM to be safe...: Npo guidelines for general anesthesia haven't changed much in the last few years. But, 6-8 hours is definitely sufficient for taking a pill with just ... Read More
Dr. Norman Cohen
Anesthesiology 36 years experience
Should be fine: The current guidelines allow clear liquids like water up to 2 hours before surgery, full liquids up to 6 hours before surgery and 8h or more for regul... Read More
Dr. Gary Ritholz
Anesthesiology 30 years experience
Yes: Traditionally it was held that patients should be "npo" eight hours. But more recent studies show that up to 4 oz of water is probably ok upto two hr... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 35 years experience
BCP: Usually if u miss one pill, you should take the make up pill as soon as you remember and continue on with your cycle. It is unlikely that you will ovu... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Unrealistic: The pill works by making your body think you are already pregnant.Some can be used to stop periods for months or years at a time, with close monitorin... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Still effective.: Absence of large intestine will not affect oral contraceptives.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Berryman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 54 years experience
Missed bcp: A one day lapse in taking the active pill, is not going to affect the protection afforded by the oral contraceptives. You may start spotting, since wi... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Roman
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
No you : Should be fine. Just stick to the same routine
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brandon Maples
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Yes, but....: Yes, you are still protected, but your level of protection is likely less than what it would be if you took it at the same time each day. I recommend... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Mchugh
Specializes in Dentistry
Sex: The pill is not 100% effective and pulling out by your boyfriend is even less effective. I know that's not what you were hoping to hear, but you most ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Deeken
Pathology 20 years experience
Antibiotic : Or other medication use can affect the effectiveness of birth control pills. Be sure to check drug interactions with the doctor or pharmacist when yo... Read More

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