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Doctor insights on: Is Alcohol Safe To Drink When On Birth Control

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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


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Is drinking alcohol before intercourse an effective form of birth control?

Is drinking alcohol before intercourse an effective form of birth control?

No: It has no direct effect on the egg waiting to be fertilized or the sperm eager to do the job. It also noes not reduce the germ transfer in sexually transmitted disease. If anything it removes your ability to deal with the consequence of risky behavior.

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What foods or food group is good to eat before drinking alcohol. Also does alcohol affect birth control pills?

What foods or food group is good to eat before drinking alcohol. Also does alcohol affect birth control pills?

NotTheBCP;YrBehavior: Fatty foods and protein will get in the way of absorption, so have a big juicy steak with a side of cheese sticks and ice cream for dessert. Carbohydrates, carbonation and an empty stomach will increase absorption. But hey, I know what you're getting at and I bet nothing will work for you tonight (New Year's Eve). From one to four drinks in an hour will get you busted if you drive. Be careful...

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Is it safe to drink stabalised aloe vera in the morning and take birth control at night?

Is it safe to drink stabalised aloe vera in the morning and take birth control at night?

Yes: Pretty much the only drugs known to interact with aloe vera are Insulin and other drugs that lower blood sugar, because aloe vera can lower blood sugar and reduce the needed amount of those medications. There is no known interactions between aloe vera and birth control pills.

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Is it safe to drink St. John's Wort to help with mild anxiety if I'm using the Skyla IUD as a birth control method?

Is it safe to drink St. John's Wort to help with mild anxiety if I'm using the Skyla IUD as a birth control method?

No!: St Johns Wort may significantly reduce the effectiveness of your SKYLA IUD. Do not use. Reference: Drugs. Com

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Can alcohol counteract birth control?

Can alcohol counteract birth control?

No it does not: Decrease the effect of birth control pills, but it can result in nausea and vomiting and in loosing u pills.

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Can alcohol affect birth control in any way?

Alcohol use does: Not make oral contraceptives less effective. But some oral contraceptives can intensify effects of alcohol.

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Can alcohol make my birth control not work? I am on the pill

No: Not to my knowledge. If it were so... There would be a lot more babies born! Certain antibiotics and other medications metabolized in the liver can affect efficacy of birth control, but alcohol isn't one of them.

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I am taking birth control pills for endo. Usually at 12am. Wondering if I have alcohol around the time, does it affect?

Nah: Alcohol may affect your ability to remember to take the pills, but no, it shouldn't affect their efficacy. Unless you're throwing up, then I guess it won't work as well. Maybe just take them in the morning? Or before you go out drinking? Put an alarm on your phone/computer.

Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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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