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A couple of days ago, I posted that I had seen what looked like my pill in my perfectly normal, non-diahrreal stool. It might also have been a corn kernel, since I ate some corn 2 days before, but does it really take that long for corn to go through my system?

Anyway, I called up my doctor, and she laughed and told me it was very. very improbable that that had been my pill in my stool.

But since I'm kind of obsessive I'm still a little worried. So. Could you please explain how the body breaks down the pill and absorbs the hormones? And why is it that sometimes it won't break down something at all (like a corn kernel)? Lastly, how likely is it that a pill would go straight through my system if I ate lunch 10 minutes after taking it and didn't have diarrhea? (Although I am prone to gassiness...is that a problem?)

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Corn is actually a vegetable and grain that we human s actually don't really digest, period.

Your pills, on the other hand, are very specifically designed to be digested fully and easily.

Unless you have a disorder like Irritable Bowel Syndrome, your pill winding up through your body that quickly just ain't a'gonna happen, I assure you.

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But if I had Irritable Bowel Syndrome, I'd have diarrhea, right?

Basically, I usually have very normal bowel movements, also I'm prone to gasiness. But is that a symptom of something like IBS?

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IBS results in a kind of diarrhea that tends to be tough to control is very, very watery and loose, and literally often is described as exploding from the body. if you had IBS, you'd know something was wrong, even if you didn't know it was called that.

Getting gas, and having raw corn be undigested are both normal for people. Not symptoms of IBS.

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Thank you!
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Oh, one more thing.

Could lactose intolerance make it harder for my body to digest my pill?

I ask because my dad is lactose intolerant, and I'm wondering if I might have inherited it. He says it doesn't give him diarrhea or anything, it just makes him gassy.

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Some pills have lactose, but it's in such trace amounts, it really should not be an issue. If you have those concerns, though, that's something to talk to your healthcare provider about. They should have a medical history for you before prescribing anyway, which includes a family history.

But that may well be your issue with gas. It does tend to run in families and be more common in certain groups.

One last thing? If you're this prone to worry, it's SO easy for any male partner to just help you and do his part by backing up with a condom. As well, given all of these concerns, this would be easy to talk to your doctor about to be sure the pill is right for you, not just physically, but per what you feel safest with. It may be that you feel emotionally better, say, with something like a Depo injection or an implant.

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