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

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

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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Will antibiotics and alcohol effect the efficiency on the contraceptive pill?

Antibiotics: If you are taking antibiotics you should use a backup method bc they will negate the pill. ...Read more

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What foods or food group is good to eat before drinking alcohol. Also does alcohol affect birth control pills?

What foods or food group is good to eat before drinking alcohol. Also does alcohol affect birth control pills?

NotTheBCP;YrBehavior: Fatty foods and protein will get in the way of absorption, so have a big juicy steak with a side of cheese sticks and ice cream for dessert. Carbohydrates, carbonation and an empty stomach will increase absorption. But hey, I know what you're getting at and I bet nothing will work for you tonight (New Year's Eve). From one to four drinks in an hour will get you busted if you drive. Be careful... ...Read more

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31yr heavy irregular periods, acne, crave food&depressed 2 weeks b4 period, weight issues, period every 18-20days.Whats a good contraceptive pill to help?

31yr heavy irregular periods, acne, crave food&depressed 2 weeks b4 period, weight issues, period every 18-20days.Whats a good contraceptive pill to help?

Any of them: You need to check with your doctor, but any 35 microgram combination pill (contains estrogen and progesterone) is appropriate, assuming that you do not have a history of blood clots, migraines, high blood pressure or other contraindications to their use. ...Read more

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I am taking birth control pills for endo. Usually at 12am. Wondering if I have alcohol around the time, does it affect?

I am taking birth control pills for endo. Usually at 12am. Wondering if I have alcohol around the time, does it affect?

Nah: Alcohol may affect your ability to remember to take the pills, but no, it shouldn't affect their efficacy. Unless you're throwing up, then i guess it won't work as well. Maybe just take them in the morning? Or before you go out drinking? Put an alarm on your phone/computer. ...Read more

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Im a 25 year old and I have m.S. I came off the contraceptive pill a month ago as trying to get pregnant but nothing happening yet, is this normal?

Im a 25 year old and I have m.S. I came off the contraceptive pill a month ago as trying to get pregnant but nothing happening yet, is this normal?

Yes: While fertility resumes after discontinuation of birth control pills, it may take some time to achieve pregnancy. If you have not conceived after 12 months of actively trying, speak with your physcian. ...Read more

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What time of day should I take the contraceptive pill?

What time of day should I take the contraceptive pill?

Take it: at the time you can remember to take it every day around that same time. ...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


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