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Clownie
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Herbalife is a diet supplement that some people used to, I guess, flush out their system in hopes to lose weight. Does it work? IDK. However, I have a friend who happens to take the same BC as my girlfriend, Losetrin 24 fe.

She's expecting a child, she's pregnant. But she was on BC, and it's assumed (but I don't really know) that she took it as prescribed.

She attributes the failure of her birth control to this Herbalife supplement. Out of the myriad of possible explanations, could this be one of them?

Thanks to whoever answers for me.

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We don't and can't advise people here about diet drugs or supplements, save advising them not to use them, especially without the advice of a doctor.

Like all other methods of birth control, even used perfectly, the pill isn't 100% effective. So, there may be no reason for her failure at all, save that the pill just didn't prevent a pregnancy for her. But certainly, drug interactions -- especially those which may change how people digest things, which can include medications like the pill -- can be one possible reason.

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Thank you for the reply and information, Heather.

So, does that mean one could use birth control for a number of months and have it work completely fine and then just suddenly the pills can go awry and end up not being able to prevent a pregnancy at all? I understand that it's never 100% effective, I'd just like to know why would it work for prior month cycles, and not another?

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When hormonal methods fail, it's not really that the method "goes awry," so much as that for any number of reasons, a person's body doesn't process them in the way that keeps them working.

In other words, the way hormonal methods work is by influencing the fertility cycle -- the natural one, as it'd be without use of those methods -- so it goes differently, like by suppressing ovulation and thickening cervical mucus. But sometimes a person's own fertility system just kind of overrides it. There are clearly even people, albeit very rare, for whom hormonal methods simply don't work, period: whose fertility cycles just kind of are more determined than. But situations like that are about 1 in around every 2,000 users.

On the other hand, typical use of something like the pill is 92%. That means that every year, out of every 100 women using it typically, like most people tend to, 8 will become pregnant: a far greater number than that 1/2,000, obviously. So, it's possible with your friend that she simply did what happens with loads of people every year, and took a pill or two late, took the wrong pill on the wrong day, took a medication she didn't realize interacted with the pill, or was ill for a while and thus, didn't metabolize her pill properly.

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I see, which is why doubling up is a very good idea. Regarding medications that interfere with the process of contraception pills, would you happen to have a general list of medications/ingredients that may interfere with birth control somewhere on the site?

I know I could just look on Google, but I figure what I get from here has more credibility.

Thanks again for all the help.

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The best bet with medication interactions is always for a person using any medication to ask their pharmacist when taking any new medications or supplements.

But our oral contraceptive page also lists some medicines most likely to potentially interact with OCPs: Combined Oral Contraceptives (The Pill)

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Thank you very much, Heather. All of my questions have been answered here. [Smile]
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