Three Things that can Make the Pill Less Effective

The pill is one of the most used forms of birth control by women in the US, and when taken as directed, can be over 99% effective. However, there are certain things to be aware of when on the pill. Below, are three things that can make the Pill less effective.

Taking the pill at the same time every day?

Whether you’re on the mini pill or the the combination pill, you should always take it at the same time every day. However, If you’re on the mini pill, you’ll need to be even more vigilant about this.

Having bowel problems?

If you have a bowel condition such as Crohn’s disease or Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), it can prevent your body from absorbing medication. If you experience any form of digestive problems in general, this could also lead to absorption problems of the pill and make it less effective.

On another medication?

A 2015 study found that nearly 60% of Americans are taking at least one prescription drug. But did you know that some of these may impact how effective your birth control actually is? Examples include some HIV medicines, rifampin, rifabutin, Griseofulvin, and some anti-seizure medicines. Other non-prescription supplements may also decrease the effectiveness of birth control, such as St. John’s Wort.  

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