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Effect Birth Control
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
No: None of the commonly used vaccines have any effect on birth control methods. Vaccines are unrelated to birth control. The Gardasil vaccine is a good one to get, because it helps to prevent cervical cancer. Each year in America, almost 4000 women die of cervical cancer, averaging about 11 women each day. The vaccine will help prevent losing so many women. ...Read more
Drugs that affect BC: Azithromycin is a medication that is known to reduce the estrogen in birth control pills and can increase your risk of getting pregnant. BC pills interact with nearly 400 medications so it is important to tell your doctor that you are taking BC pills before he prescribes you any medication. Good luck :) ...Read more
Most antibiotics OK : Some antibiotics, like rifampin, definitely interact with birth control.Others may in some individuals and with some pills .It probably depends on how your body metabolizes the drugs, and it may also depend on the dose of hormones in the pills.Most small studies don't show differences in the level of hormones in the blood, but to be on the absolutely safe side, use condoms during antibiotic use. ...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.
Yes, absolutely: Depending on the acne medication, some of them require you to take a pregnancy test and be on some form of birth control because they are very dangerous to developing fetus (baby). Alternatively, some antibiotics that may be prescribed for acne may alter the liver metabolism and decrease the efficacy of birth control. Therefore, consult your physician with specific questions. ...Read more