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Dr. Ana Adelstein
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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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Is using birth control pills while on antidepression pills considered safe?

Yes: There are no interactions with those medications for most people. The birth control pills don't decrease the effectiveness of the anti-depressants. Nor vice versa. ...Read more

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Does anti-depression medicine affect the effectiveness of birth control pills? Take other precaution to prevent pregnancy?

Does anti-depression medicine affect the effectiveness of birth control pills? Take other precaution to prevent pregnancy?

Some mood: Stabilizers do. Please let us know which medication you are referring to and we can check it for you. Please resubmit with this info. ...Read more

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Does the supplement l-glutathione affect birth control pills effectiveness?

Does the supplement l-glutathione affect birth control pills effectiveness?

NO: There are no known interactions between glutathione and any medications. ...Read more

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Does antacids (tums) affect birth control pills?

Does antacids (tums) affect birth control pills?

Effects of Tums (calcium carbonate): Tums (calcium carbonate) are used to reduce the acidity of the stomach and are also used to bind phosphorus in the small intestine. They would no interaction with birth control pills. To confirm, ask the physician who prescribed them. ...Read more

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Do topical antibiotics affect birth control pills?

Do topical antibiotics affect birth control pills?

No: No topical antibiotics do not affect birth control pills. ...Read more

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Does chlamydia medicine affect birth control pills?

Does chlamydia medicine affect birth control pills?

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 more

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Can amoxicillin plus clavulanic acid affect birth control pills?

Can amoxicillin plus clavulanic acid affect birth control pills?

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

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Could vaginal antibiotic suppositories affect birth control pills?

Could vaginal antibiotic suppositories affect birth control pills?

Usually not: I am assuming you mean Diflucan (fluconazole) or Monistat vaginal suppositories (for yeast infection)? No they do not interfere with your birth control pills. ...Read more

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How will Flagyl affect birth control pills when you have had sex the day before taking them?

How will Flagyl affect birth control pills when you have had sex the day before taking them?

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

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Would one day of diarrhea affect birth control pills? I take two bc pills a day to prevent breakthrough (anaemic).

Would one day of diarrhea affect birth control pills? I take two bc pills a day to prevent breakthrough (anaemic).

Generally no.: Diarrhea for a day should not in any way interfere with your birth control pills. ...Read more

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Will lemon juice affect birth control pills?

Will lemon juice affect birth control pills?

No: No, however always take your pill with water only instead of lemon juice, sodas, or other liquids. ...Read more

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Does IBS bloating affect birth control pills?

Does IBS bloating affect birth control pills?

Bcp: Ibs bloating does not affect bcp. Bcp can cause bloating also when taken in an empty stomach. ...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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Would oxyelite pill affect birth control pills?

Scary: Oxyelite pro was recalled, I don't know about oxyelite but I ll put them under same category. The scary part is we would never know its interaction with real medicines. Just stop oxyelite. ...Read more

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Does clindamycin affect birth control pills?

Yes it may: Yes it may and you should use a back up method of birth control up to 7 days after you finish the course of clindamycine. You can ask your orescribing doctor if it is safe as there is controversy about antibiotics and bcp except Rifampin and Griseofulvin two antibiotics for sure decrease the effectiveness of bcp. ...Read more

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Could steel libido affect birth control pills?

Birth control: Given that this is supplement sold at a vitamin store that has not undergone the same FDA scrutiny there is no way to know with 100% certainty. Thus, would suggest being safe and utilizing additional contraceptives. ...Read more

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Does smoking weed affect birth control pills effectiveness?

Does smoking weed affect birth control pills effectiveness?

Yes, forgetfulness: Smoking weed (marijuana) can affect your birth control pill's effectiveness because that particular altered state of mind can cause forgetfulness and thus failure to take your pills on time. ...Read more

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Do lysine tablets for coldsores affect birth control pills?

Do lysine tablets for coldsores affect birth control pills?

No and no: Lysine does not help cold sores and there is no scientific evidence to support this approach. It will no alter bcp effectiveness. ...Read more

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Is azithormycin a known antibiotic to affect birth control pills?

Is azithormycin a known antibiotic to affect birth control pills?

Yes: Really any antibiotic can effect your birth control. It changes the gut bacteria which can lead to a change in how it is absorbed into your system. This can change how effective it is. ...Read more

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Can somebody tell me how can fluconazole affect birth control pills?

Can somebody tell me how can fluconazole affect birth control pills?

Diflucan: Per Drugs. Com -Oral contraceptive pills (OCP) & other hormone-based birth control may be less effective when Diflucan (fluconazole) is used wi recommendation for use of backup birth control. BUT Pfizer Medical Information. Com – indicates that there was no effect on OCP at 50mg of Diflucan & there were higher levels of ethinyl estradiol & levonorgestrel with higher doses of Diflucan. Single dose ...Read more

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Can carb inhibitors affect birth control pills and make them less effective?

Can carb inhibitors affect birth control pills and make them less effective?

Not known: Starch (carbohydrate) blockers are dietary supplements, not medications. Since they don't go through the FDA's drug approval process, the FDA has not said whether starch blockers, or any other supplements, are safe, effective, or even contain what the label says is on the bottle. It's all unknown. ...Read more

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How much do antibiotics really affect birth control pills? After finishing antibiotics how long until back to normal?

How much do antibiotics really affect birth control pills? After finishing antibiotics how long until back to normal?

Definitely affect: All antibiotics can definitely affect the effectiveness of birth control pills. While on antibiotics, you should definitely use a back up method of birth control if you want to avoid becoming pregnant. The rule of thumb to prevent pregnancy is to use a form of back up birth control (e.g., condoms) until your next menstrual period. ...Read more

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Can amoxicillin actually affect birth control pills or is that just in theory? Has there been any research or studies that prove this?

Can amoxicillin actually affect birth control pills or is that just in theory? Has there been any research or studies that prove this?

Now felt to be false: The current thinking is that except for rifampin, other commonly-used antibiotics do not alter the effectiveness of birth control pills. This is likely presuming a person is not sick with vomiting or diarrhea, or some other condition that decreases the absorption of a swallowed pill. One can look up: http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/12063491 ...Read more

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Does the diflucan (fluconazole) (yeast infection pill) affect birth control pills?

Does the diflucan (fluconazole) (yeast infection pill) affect birth control pills?

Diflucan: Per Drugs. Com -Oral contraceptive pills (OCP) & other hormone-based birth control may be less effective when Diflucan (fluconazole) is used wi recommendation for use of backup birth control. BUT Pfizer Medical Information. Com – indicates that there was no effect on OCP at 50mg of Diflucan & there were higher levels of ethinyl estradiol & levonorgestrel with higher doses of Diflucan. Single dose ...Read more

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Contraception (Definition)

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


Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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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