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artsygirl643
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I most likely had a yeast infection, so I thought I'd try a holistic approach and get some garlic softgels. It said you can take up to four a day, but I only took one orally and another vaginally. On the bright side, my symptoms are already beginning to go away!
But I didn't think to check if it would interact with my birth control first, and a few websites are saying that it does :/ I'm on Nuvaring and I'm supposed to take my ring out tonight. I'm planning on putting a new one in early since I want to be a sunday start. Do you think I should be concerned about reduced effectiveness? I always use condoms anyway but I'm a bit on the cautious side.

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Robin Lee
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HI artsygirl643,

There is no hard-core scientific data that shows that garlic reduces the effectiveness of hormonal birth control. I saw mention on one site of preliminary studies, but those were small and therefore not conclusive.

It really doesn't sound like you have anything to worry about, particularly since you do use condoms. That's the nice thing about using two methods, particularly two methods with the degree of reliability nuvaring and condoms both have. If you have any reason whatsoever to doubt one, the other one is there for you.

Oh, and I'm very glad to hear your yeast infection is getting better. You'll want to continue treatment until you have no more symptoms.

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artsygirl643
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Thank you so much! And I'm glad too! I wouldn't say it would work for everyone, but it is a nice alternative to those more expensive 7 day cream treatments [Smile]
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