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Does Diarrhea Affect Birth Control
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: No the medication is absorbed in the stomach. ...Read more
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
Less effective: The effectiveness of birth control pills clan be diminished, when a woman experiences diarrhea. It would be a good idea to use condoms as a back up. ...Read more
Likely not: A bout of diarrhea that is infrequent will not likely affect your birth control pills. If you have a medical condition that causes chronic (ongoing) diarrhea, such as inflammatory bowel disease, this may affect the absorption and effectiveness of the birth control pill. If this is the case, discuss it with your doctor. When taken consistently, the failure rate is <1%. In typical use, it's about 9%. ...Read more
No.: Vomiting, maybe. Diarrhea, no.Get a more detailed answer ›
No: Birth control pills are absorbed within about 3 hours from taking them. So if your diarrhea started 13 hours later it shouldn't affect your pill. If you have diarrhea for several days, consider using a back-up method. ...Read more
I took the first pill of a new back of birth control at 9pm. I just had terrible diarrhea. Am I still protected? I take it at 9pm every day
Is it normal to have diarrhea everything month around the time I ovulate? This happens every month, ever since I stop my birth control
Likely normal: There are many manifestations of hormonal effects of menstruation and ovulation. Some experience constipation, others experience diarrhea. While other hormones probably contribute, prostaglandins may be a culprit in some diarrhea you are experiencing. If you want to try something to slow the diarrhea down I suggest adding fiber to your diet even in the form of capsules. Stay well. ...Read more
Does 1 night of diarrhea effect birth control? Started new pack at 9pm, had diarrhea from midnight-6am. Very good compliance w taking pills.
Should not...: As long as you are able to take the pill orally and keep it down (not throw up), then the presence of diarrhea should not affect the efficacy of the pill. That being said, remember that the pill is not 100% effective. ...Read more
Does having diarrhea 3 hours after taking birth control change its effectiveness? I just got on it last week and took the 8th pill in the pack today.
Shouldn't: Vomitting would be an issue after taking. Diarrhea is a product of the lower GI tract after absorption has taken place. ...Read more
No: No effect on pill effectiveness due to diarrhea. ...Read more
No: Diarrhea will not affect birth control pills and you should continue taking them once per day. ...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, then to that extent it will lower the efficacy of the "pill". ...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
No: No, not at allGet a more detailed answer ›
Yes: It takes much longer for the pill to get to the colon than that. It would not be in the diarrhea. ...Read more
See below: Diarrhea would not affect birth control pills. ...Read more
How bad of diarrhea would you need to have to be worried about birth control pills being less effective?
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
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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