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anael1238
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Hi! I was wondering if someone could help me find out more about the patch please? I've heard pretty iffy things about it and wanted some clarification. If a person is on antibiotics, would it affect depo-provera? I might have to go on antibiotics and was looking for alternative methods of birth control that would not be affected. Thank you!
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Karybu
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We have a page on the patch right here: the Contraceptive Patch

How long are you going on antibiotics for, and what type of antibiotics would they be? While some types of antibiotic may decrease the effectiveness of hormonal birth control (including Depo Provera) not all do. To boot, if you'll only be on antibiotics for a short time (a week or two) it really isn't worth switching birth control. Using a backup method like condoms is far simpler.

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I might be on antibiotics for a long period of time, possibly 6 months. I'm not sure what type they are but quite possibly for TB.
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The antibiotics used to treat TB are one of the types thought to decrease the effectiveness of hormonal birth control. The best person to talk to about this is really your doctor - they have your whole medical history, they know what antibiotics you'll be on, and they'll be able to suggest alternate methods of birth control that would be a good fit for you.

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