Monday, November 2, 2009

BC question

Ok, I have a random question for you ladies out there that are currently taking birth control.

Random, I know, but does anybody know if it's true that when you're sick/taking antibiotics that the birth control doesn't work/isn't as effective? I think I've heard that from someone, somewhere, but we didn't know if it's true or not.

Anybody heard anything? Also, what birth control's are ya'll on? I'm trying to find something cheaper. The one I'm on right now is a 3 month bc and I think it's called Quasense? I don't want a patch..tried that, didn't like it. I like the 3 month.

Give me your info! Thanks ladies! :)


Erica @ on the move said...

If you're taking anitbiotics, use a backup method til the next month. For whatever reason, antibiotics make the pill ineffective.

The Holik's said...

Don't know anything about the antibotics!!

I was on Yasmin, but I don't know if it is one of the cheaper ones. And I don't know if it comes in a 3month. So I may not be a lot of help!!

backflip photography said...

Yes, use a backup method if you're on antibiotics. This is a true statement.

I am on Yaz. Well, er, I take that back. I am on nothing at the moment. Spoiler alert! I have taken Ortho Tri Cyclen (which made me crazy and I hated it). Desogen (which I liked enough to take for 5+ years, but could still tell it was full of hormones) and then Yaz. Yaz is great, but since it's such a low-dose hormone pill, there was a lot of spotting the week before my period. But not enough to want to change pills.

Ok, I suppose I should post now seeing as how I just let that secret fly!

Stephanie said...

hmmm. One of my kids came as a result of the Lords timing and birth control mixed with should be written on your birth control info too.

I took Orthotricyclen for the longest time and never had any problems, but that was before birth control got all fancy and had fun options like 3 month pills! But it is on the WalMart/Sams $5 prescriptions I think...

Kelsey Claire said...

I am on Yasmin and like it. It really helps with keeping your skin clear. Definitely use a back up method with antibiotics. I have heard many of stories about "surprises" as a result of antibiotics.

Amanda said...

I'm pretty sure the antibiotics thing is true too. I don't know if it's with certain types or what, but I would stick to everyone's "use a backup" plan.

Not on birth control at all. :)

But, I had horrible experiences with BC so I'm going to try to find a nonhormone kind that works after the baby.

Kyrbie Alexis said...

be careful with yasmin...there's been lots of lawsuits against it and I've known people who have had blood clots (one in the brain) because of taking it. I'm on's $10/month with my insurance.I've taken it for 4 years and after trying several, it was the best for me (doesn't make me as sick as the others). Will also learned about all of the inhbitors/side affects/nerdy dr. stuff about mine and said it seems pretty safe. and yes, antibiotics and steroids (prednisone) can cause your bc to be inactive.

Kyrbie Alexis said...

orthotricyclen lo is good too. I took it before but had to switch bc my insurance wouldnt pay (when I was working for hospitals dont give rx coverage for bc). it didn't make me sick.

Sarah said...

I was on Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo, and also regular Ortho Tri Cyclen. My insurance wouldn't cover Lo ($60/month!) so I switched to a generic Ortho Tri Cyclen for $9/month. I'm not a huge fan of putting extra hormones in my body, so Josh and I decided that I would stop hormonal BC completely. We're not actively trying to conceive, but not stopping it either.

For antibiotics, use a backup just in case. Not all antibiotics affect birth control, so just read your pharmacy labels or talk to the pharmacist if you have questions about it.


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