4 common habits that can make the contraceptive pill fail
Contraceptive pills are oral medications that prevent pregnancy. The pills usually contain synthetic hormones of estrogen and progesterone. According to a website, some types of birth control pills prevent ovulation and cause the body to create a thicker layer of cervical mucus, which prevents sperm from reaching the uterus.
The contraceptive pill is a very safe and effective method, but some habits may decrease its effectiveness. Here are some of them:
1. Forget to take the pill
The birth control pill is effective if taken correctly, so if you forget to take it often, this method may not be ideal for you. The main reason the contraceptive pill fails is because the woman is not taking it daily.
Forgetting to take a pill does not mean you will get pregnant but increase the chances especially if it is the first active pill in the pack.
For most of the pills if you are in the middle or end of the pack, the pill cannot fail, but if you’re a new pack and forgets to take the first pill from the pack, this can be a problem.
If you have forgotten to take the pill for more than 2 days, your hormone levels will be discontinued, which greatly diminishes its effectiveness. So talk to your doctor.
2. Do not take the pill at the same time each day
If you take progesterone-only pills, it is ideal to take the pill at the same time each day. According to a gynecologist, if the woman takes the progesterone pill 3 hours late, she will need another contraceptive method.
If you take the pill with progesterone and estrogen, it’s not that much of a delay. But Dr. Pesci explains that it is always better to take at the same time, so the woman already creates this habit and does not forget.
3. Use other medicines
It has been proven that two types of antibiotics can make the pill less effective, which are rifampin and rifabutin. But these antibiotics are rarely used.
Some medications for bipolar disorder, epilepsy, HIV and fungus may make the pill less effective. So you should tell your doctor all the medicines you take.
4. Ignore digestive problems
Do not ignore if you have digestive problems. The pills are taken orally, so they need time to be metabolized. According to Business Insider, if you have had diarrhea or vomited right after taking the pill, you are likely to be unprotected.
The pill needs 4 to 6 hours to be metabolized. “Every time you have a digestive problem, you will have malabsorption problems,” explains a gynecologist.
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