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Do I Need To Take An Extra Birth Control Pill If I Have Diarrhea
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
No: It is quite unlikely that the effectiveness of birth control pills is impacted by diarrhea. Even with diarrhea the medication in the pill should be absorbed just fine. So don't take another birth control pill. ...Read more
Today I took a birth control pill as usual but after 10 minutes I had diarrhea. Do I need to take another pill? I'm Taking pills for polycystic ovary.
If you have been taking birth control pills for some time I doubt that 10 minutes with diarrhea is a problem albeit an annoyance.
If you have diarrhea more often you must se your doctor but I doubt that will happen.
Hope all goes well - please keep me posted. ...Read more
Should I take another birth control pill if I produce loose stools immediately after taking the pill?
No: No effect on pill effectiveness due to diarrhea. ...Read more
No: No the medication is absorbed in the stomach. ...Read more
Noooo!!: The key to BCP's effectiveness is taking them every day, without fail. If chronic diarrhea interferes with your ability to stick with a strict once daily routine, than to that extent it will lower the efficacy of the "pill". ...Read more
Yes: It takes much longer for the pill to get to the colon than that. It would not be in the diarrhea. ...Read more
Would having one episode of diarrhea 12 hours after taking my birth control pill decrease it's effectiveness?
No: Already absorbed. You will be fine. All the best. ...Read more
Should one incident of diarrhea 3 and a half hours after taking your birth control pill lower your pill's effectiveness?
No: The pill absorbs quickly after you swallow it, and diarrhea should't affect it. ...Read more
Should one incident of diarrhea (due to spoiled food) 3 hours after taking your birth control pill lower your pill's effectiveness?
No, that should not: Affect your pill's effectiveness. If you vomited shortly after taking the pill, you may not have absorbed enough of it to be effective. If that is not the case, you don't need to worry. Feel better soon! ...Read more
Would 2 mild incidents of diarrhea a week apart from each other affect the birth control pill in any way? (Both incidents were not related)
Should be ok: If pills aren't vomited up - this would be unlikely to have a significant effect. Take care. ...Read more
I took my birth control pill at 7:50pm. I had diarrhea about 5 hours after taking my pill from what I ate that night. Does this lower my protection?
Possibly.: Most medications are absorbed in the stomach and/or small intestine. Diarrhea is a sign that absorption is disrupted somewhere along the entire intestinal tract. It is probably better to assume your birth control pill is not being absorbed if you are having diarrhea. If your diarrhea doesn't resolve in the next few days you should see your doctor. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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