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How long after taking antibiotics does it take for birth control pills to be completely effective again?

How long after taking antibiotics does it take for birth control pills to be completely effective again?

A few days: This is not as common as people fear. If you are experiencing diarrhea or vomiting wile taking your antibiotics then this could effect the absorption of your birth control. ...Read more

Dr. Austina Cho
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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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If taking antibiotics during the off cycle of birth control pills, how long do you need to take extra protection?

If taking antibiotics during the off cycle of birth control pills, how long do you need to take extra protection?

According to. ..: ...British nhs, of all the antibiotics, only Rifampin requires extra protection: http://www. Nhs. Uk/conditions/contraception-guide/pages/antibiotics-contraception. Aspx. ...Read more

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When does nausea from birth control pills go away? On second month, a few days in taking antibiotics for UTI can that be making it worse?

Very unlikely: The antibiotics are not a probable cause for prolonging your reaction to bcps (if that is what it is). If the nausea was due to the bcps it will probably disappear in a month or so. If, however, you are having thoughts of suicide you need to go asap to a psychiatrist and have this assessed before you do something which will be regretted. Go now. Do not wait. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Experiencing pink/brown discharge and spots of blood (only when wiping) during AND after taking antibiotics while on birth control pills. Normal?

Experiencing pink/brown discharge and spots of blood (only when wiping) during AND after taking antibiotics while on birth control pills. Normal?

Breakthrough bleed: Breakthrough bleeding (bleeding at the wrong time) is very common on birth control. It happens in about 1/3 of users. Its no big deal and usually self corrects over time. If you are not satisfied or it continues to happen then consider using a different birth control method. It is a common side effect and does not mean something is wrong or that the pill is not working. ...Read more

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I had embarrasing problem of masturbation and during doing it I started bleeding doctor gave me birth control pills soon I recovered but now I have chronic uti attacks although iam taking antibiotics but still iam having bacterias in my urine iam unmarri

I had embarrasing problem of masturbation and during doing it I started bleeding doctor gave me birth control pills soon I recovered but now I have chronic uti attacks although iam taking antibiotics but still iam having bacterias in my urine iam unmarri

Not the problem: Masturbation is normal and healthy and does not cause bleeding.The pill should not be causing bacteria in your urine especially if u r on antibiotics to prevent infections. There may be a structural abnormality causing the persistent infections. U need to be seen by a urologist to have this checked out. Was the cause of the bleeding evaluated? Pills only treat the symptom and can cover up the cause. ...Read more

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Are birth control pills still effective even with the antibiotic levaquin (levofloxacin)?

Are birth control pills still effective even with the antibiotic levaquin (levofloxacin)?

Yes: The pill doesn't lose it's effectiveness while using most other medications, including almost all antibiotics. An exception is the antibiotic Rifampin or some seizure medications, for ex. ...Read more

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How long will antibiotics affect my birth control pills?

How long will antibiotics affect my birth control pills?

Antibiotics: Some antibiotics decrease effectivity of birth control pills. This means that you have to use caution and protection for the rest of month that you are on antibiotics. The next month or cycle on birth contol pills should provide adequate coverage as long as you are not on antibiotics. ...Read more

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How long do birth control pills and antibiotics interact?

How long do birth control pills and antibiotics interact?

Varies: There are only a few antibiotics that interfere with birth control pills, and fortunately they are rarely used. For antibiotics that do have an impact (rifampin, griseofulvin) effect though depends on when the antibiotics are taken in the cycle. The chemical effect is short, but if that short effect results in unintended ovulation, the impact may last the entire cycle. ...Read more

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If I'm on birth control pills and I take antibiotics afterwards, could I get pregnant? I heard the antibiotics clear the pills.

If I'm on birth control pills and I take antibiotics afterwards, could I get pregnant? I heard the antibiotics clear the pills.

Some do, sometimes: Although generally birth control continues to work normally. Recommend using a backup method until next cycle if you are wanting to avoid pregnancy ...Read more

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I have read that now doctors think only certain types of antibiotics for tuberculosis make birth control pills less effective. Is this true?

I have read that now doctors think only certain types of antibiotics for tuberculosis make birth control pills less effective. Is this true?

Rifampin: Antibiotics in general can interfere with effectiveness of birth control pills. Rifampin, commonly given for TB, is a special case. It speeds up the metabolism of many drugs, reducing their effectiveness. This might include birth control pills. Other antibiotics related to rifampin, such as rifalizil and rifabutin, may have the same effect. Check with your doctor (s) or your pharmacist. ...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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I use birth control pills but had antibiotics and I have a breakthrough bleeding. How can I stop it? In 2 weeks I'll have to take the placebo pills.

I use birth control pills but had antibiotics and I have a breakthrough bleeding. How can I stop it? In 2 weeks I'll have to take the placebo pills.

Unlikely: (: Hi SzterW377, Unfortunately this is a common side effect of antibiotics when taking birth control pills. Unless the bleeding is very heavy (changing a pad an hour) then it is best just to continue talking your birth control pills as prescribed. I also recommend that you take additional steps to protect against pregnancy, such as use of condoms. Of the bleeding is heavy, then see your doctor. ...Read more

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Hi, can I be pregnant if I'm taking birth control pills cryselle long time and antibiotic clindamycin 2 days and had unprotected sex? Tnx

Hi, can I be pregnant if I'm taking birth control pills cryselle long time and antibiotic clindamycin 2 days and had unprotected sex? Tnx

Low probability: Of getting pregnant, although any antibiotic can reduce the effectiveness of birth control pills, less though with clindamycin, more with others as tetracycline. However this behooves you to use extra method of contraception if you are using any medicine that interacts with birth control pilks. Good that you asked, always exercise caution with multiple medications, good luck ...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. Eric Weisman
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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