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Is birth control still effective if you have diarrhea an hour after taking it

A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Duncan m.d.
41 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: It takes much longer for the pill to get to the colon than that. It would not be in the diarrhea.

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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Pappachen
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: The bulk of GI absorption takes place in the small bowel.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: As long as the oral contraceptive pill was not taken conjointly with an antibiotic, the diarrhea should have no impact as the pill has been absorbed i ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Rochester
25 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Diarrhea should not affect the effectiveness of your birth control pill. Hope this was helpful. Dr R
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rick Chadha
24 years experience Gastroenterology
Still effective: Generally speaking, diarrhea will not decrease absorption (or efficacy) of birth control pills. Hopefully, the diarrhea is a temporary or episodic con ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. John cuong Doan
17 years experience Family Medicine
Short answer is yes: as it is still metabolized and absorbed in your small intestines. Your large intestines (colon) is where diarrhea occurs. So you should not be conce ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Gordon
Specializes in Adolescent Medicine
Noooo!!: The key to BCP's effectiveness is taking them every day, without fail. If chronic diarrhea interferes with your ability to stick with a strict once da ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Wall
36 years experience Family Medicine
No worries...: Diarrhea from typical causes (such as common viral infections) shouldn't cause you to worry about the absorption and/or effectiveness of your birth co ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
No: This product works by infusing hormone into your system through a separate compartment (reproductive tract). Nothing that happens in your digestive tr ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
46 years experience Family Medicine
YES: Just keep taking your pills as directed and don't skip any.

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