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Do Antidepressants Affect Birth Control Pills
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
To my knowledge: this has not been a problem in my practice nor have I found it in the literature. ...Read more
No: No, but have great hesitancy in recommending sleeping pills ...Read more
How the pill works: Most birth control pills are "combination pills" containing a combination of the hormones estrogen and Progesterone to prevent ovulation. The pill also works by thickening the mucus around the cervix, which makes it difficult for sperm to enter the uterus an fertilize any eggs that are there. Some of the hormones found in the pill sometimes make it difficult for an egg to attach to the wall. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: It is possible and safe.Get a more detailed answer ›
I'm taking sertraline and escitalopram with birth control pills. Is it possible that the antidepressants affect the pills' contraceptive action?
Does anti-depression medicine affect the effectiveness of birth control pills? Take other precaution to prevent pregnancy?
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Antibiotics: Antibiotics can affect birth control and possibly decrease their effectiveness to 97 or 98% from 99. So even though they are still very effective, I always recommend adding condoms to sex when on antibiotics as you do not want to be in the 1%. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
There is no evidence: No there is no evidence that it does. ...Read more
Yes: Many medications, including many antibiotics and estrogen containing birth control pills, are metabolized in the liver. The end result can be that the liver increases its metabolism of the birth control pills, thereby decreasing their effectiveness. For this reason, many doctors recommend that you use an alternate method of birth control such as condoms while taking any antibiotics. ...Read more
No: Not at all. They mimic what happens naturally in your body. ...Read more
Not a big concern: You are right that antibiotics can decrease the efficacy of birth control. However Flagyl is not one of the more worrisome antibiotics, and the effect would usually be after taking antibiotics. If you had sex before starting them, then it's not really a concern. Once you've started the antibiotics you should use a backup method until two weeks after finishing them. Good luck! ...Read more
Would one day of diarrhea affect birth control pills? I take two bc pills a day to prevent breakthrough (anaemic).
No: There should be no interaction between these two medications. ...Read more
Contraceptiion is a means of preventing conception (or fertilization). There are hormonal and non hormonal methods of preventing sperm and egg from meeting. Talk to your doctor or clinic about what options are best for you. There are short acting methods (condoms, pills, patch, ring) and long ...Read more
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