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Can diarrhea affect the contraceptive pill?

Can diarrhea affect the contraceptive pill?

No, it should not: In women taking the birth control pill regularly without missing a pill, then the effectiveness should not be altered by a GI illness. Diarrhea alone should not affect the pill. If she is experiencing vomiting (around the time she took the pill) then this might be an issue. Regardless, the pill is not 100% effective and if there is a concern about pregnancy, then check a pregnancy test! ...Read more

Dr. Adam Lewis
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Birth Control Pills (Definition)

Also known as oral contraceptives, birth control pills are highly effective oral medications that use hormones to prevent pregnancy. There are two main types of birth control pills: one with estrogen and progestin (also known as the combination pill) and one with just progestin. The two main ways they prevent pregnancy are: 1) The hormones thicken the cervical mucous, which keeps sperm from entering the uterus on their way to the egg; and 2) By maintaining a level of hormone in the blood stream that prevents the ...Read more


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Im taking my pills correctly everyday, a few days ago i had a stomach flu and 2 days of diarrhea. Does that affect my contraceptive pill? (mercilon)

Im taking my pills correctly everyday, a few days ago i had a stomach flu and 2 days of diarrhea. Does that affect my contraceptive pill? (mercilon)

Likely not: Diarrhea is less likely to cause less absorption of your pill and therefor make the pill being less effective. Throwing up within several hours of taking your pill is more likely to affect your pill's effectiveness. If that were to happen it would be prudent to use a backup method the remainder of the pill pack. ...Read more

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If you are coming off birth control pills, could that cause diarrhea?

If you are coming off birth control pills, could that cause diarrhea?

I have never heard: Of that, and I have never had any of my pts have that problem after stopping the pill most likely that is being caused by a virus or bacteria , please call your doc for evaluation. ...Read more

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How bad of diarrhea would you need to have to be worried about birth control pills being less effective ?

How bad of diarrhea would you need to have to be worried about birth control pills being less effective ?

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 control pills. The bigger question would really be what the cause of your diarrhea is, and how best to address that. ...Read more

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Do I need to worry about the effectiveness of my birth control pills if I had diarrhea within 1 hour after taking a pill? Should I take another one?

No: Even with diarrhea, the birth control pills will be effective. You do not need repeat them for coverage. Just continue as prescribed and if new symptoms occur, i.e. emesis, fever or other issues, get back to us with a virtual appt with Health tap. ...Read more

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Do I need to worry about the effectiveness of my birth control pills if I had one light case of diarrhea 2h after taking it? should I take another pil

Do I need to worry about the effectiveness of my birth control pills if I had one light case of diarrhea 2h after taking it? should I take another pil

No, your fine: The absorption of the medicine takes place in stomach and upper intestinal tract, which would be totally unaffected by a bout of diarrhea. No need to throw your levels out of whack due to a little diarrhea. Even if you miss one entire pill, you are still considered to be protected. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more


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Birth Control (Definition)

Also known as contraception, birth control is a method to prevent pregnancy. Some methods of birth control include a vasectomy, tubal ligation, oral contraceptive pills, vaginal rings, hormone injections, condoms, diaphragms, sponges, ...Read more