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Doctor insights on: Does One Night Of Diarrhea Affect The Effectiveness Of Your Birth Control

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Definition)

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


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Do I need to worry about the effectiveness of my birth control pills if I had diarrhea within 1 hour after taking a pill? Should I take another one?

No: Even with diarrhea, the birth control pills will be effective. You do not need repeat them for coverage. Just continue as prescribed and if new symptoms occur, i.e. emesis, fever or other issues, get back to us with a virtual appt with Health tap. ...Read more

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Do I need to worry about the effectiveness of my birth control pills if I had one light case of diarrhea 2h after taking it? should I take another pil

Do I need to worry about the effectiveness of my birth control pills if I had one light case of diarrhea 2h after taking it? should I take another pil

No, your fine: The absorption of the medicine takes place in stomach and upper intestinal tract, which would be totally unaffected by a bout of diarrhea. No need to throw your levels out of whack due to a little diarrhea. Even if you miss one entire pill, you are still considered to be protected. ...Read more

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Can light diarrhea lower birth control effectiveness?

Can light diarrhea lower birth control effectiveness?

Unlikely: Diarrhea is a symptom of the lower gut , large intestine. The pill is absorbed in the small intestine . No need to worry. ...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. Katharine Cox
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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