I recently flew home to see my family and introduce him to my bf. Of course, my purse with my birth control pillbox went through the security x-rays for TSA. Will that lower effectiveness? I'm telling ya, I'm really happy for condoms and that I have an appointment to help me choose between Implanon and the copper IUD, but I fly home 2 or 3 times a year, so I may as well know in case I end up staying on the pill (it's only my 4th week of them). Also, has anyone else had bcp side effects "come and go" in their first month of use? I guess I assumed I'd see a steady lessening of side effects, but that has unfortunately not happened.
Amandalynn, I have never heard of birth control being negatively affected by X-rays, dual-ray or not. Considering the percentage of women currently taking birth control, I really feel like we would be aware of that if it were a risk. TSA requires you put all necessary medication through the security x-ray (insulin, clotting factor, etc.) and none of the documentation around those makes any note of any potential risk. Also, before any x-ray machine can be installed in an airport, it has to be examined by a group of Health Physicists from the Army.
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As for your question on the side effects: yes, that is perfectly normals. It takes the body around three months to adjust to the hormones of the pill, and during that time you may experience some side-effects and spotting or irregular bleeding.
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