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A 27-year-old female asked:

There are many different strains of probiotics. do any of them affect birth control pills?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
No: Not at all. They mimic what happens naturally in your body.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

Why are there so many different types of birth control pills?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
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Dr. G Aanswered
Geriatrics 9 years experience
3 billion women: Some help with bloating, some dont. Some are 21, 28, 84 days long at a time. Some are generics with cute names for the brand. Side effects of the two drugs in bc pills require fine tuning as well. Also some have more or less effect on spotting, psychiatric treatment, acne, cancer prevention etc.
A 24-year-old female asked:

Can probiotics affect the effectiveness of birth control pills?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Not really: Probiotics are just colony forming units that build up the population of bio-friendly germs in your gut. They ignore the pill & have no defined interaction with it.
Last updated Jun 22, 2018


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