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Itissnowing
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I've been wondering about this for a while... I'll be starting on the pill soon, and I've been wondering how bad the effects light smoking have on the pill. I've read around on other websites that habitual smoking is not healthy, but I was wondering if this is still true for my case.

Now, I don't smoke too often, at the very most there was one week where i smoked every other day. Usually, it's one or two cloves a week. Will this still have a negative impact on me when I take the pill? Does this mean that when I start on the pill, I should always stay away from smoking, including hookah? Does this decrease the efficiency of the pill?

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JamsessionVT
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Ask yourself this: is your life/health worth the risk?

What you're talking about here are illegal drugs. All that aside, no smoke is a good or safe smoke. If you want to take your health into your hands, that's your choice, but I highly recommend against it. If you want the full protection of your birth control and to keep yourself healthy, you need to not smoke anything while on it.

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Smoking does NOT decrease the effectiveness of the BCP, but smoking women are found to have unscheduled breakthrough bleeding/spotting up to 47% more often than non-smokers because smoking is thought to cause faster consumption of estrogen -- estrogen being the main player in bleeding control. You might want to consider whether or not this would bother you, and talk it through with your healthcare provider.

Many women smoke and take the pill, and only smokers over 35 are barred from combined pill use by the World Health Organization safety standards. Your doctor can talk over your smoking habits with you, and together you can decide whether the additional risks that smoking pose during pill use is outweighed by the benefits of pregnancy prevention. For young women that aren't heavy smokers in generally good health, the additional risks aren't often enough to bar pill use.

[ 01-09-2009, 10:26 AM: Message edited by: *Lauren* ]

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