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Can alcohol reduce the effectiveness of the contraceptive pill? if you drink some alcohol 1-2 hours after taking it?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
No : alcohol does not decrease birth control effectiveness
Dr. Clarene Cress
Specializes in Pediatrics
No, still effective: Alcohol is reported not to affect the effectiveness of birth control, but BCP may slow one's metabolism of alcohol, causing one to be impaired at lower amounts of intake. In addition, alcohol may definitely impair judgement regarding choice of partner or use of condoms/safe sex and has been known to cause some erectile dysfunction in men.

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Last updated Jul 14, 2016

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