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clairbaire123
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It keeps saying I'm not logged in when I rely so I'll try to post all my questions in this one post so I don't keep posting new ones!

I understand what you're saying. I'm not ultimately worried but since I'm a new pill user I wanna know how to properly take my pill. I've been tested for STIs and so has my partner and we've been in a monogamous relationship for a long time and I want to be able to count on the effectiveness of my pill alone as it is the reason I went on the pill.

There's a lot of women I know that are on the pill and hormonal birth control that drink teas and Im assuming that that wouldn't be the case if drinking herbal teas is a problem? Hence the lack of studies done?

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That's very strange, and shouldn't be happening: mind telling me how you're accessing the site? (Web or phone, what browser, etc.)

The pill is a medication used all over the world, including by people who do things like drink or eat certain plants or herbs every day. The effectiveness rates we have for the pill are global, so ultimately, we can know that built into that are a range of diets.

As well, the pill is a medication that makes the companies which make it a LOT of money, and they are invested in its effectiveness, if for no other reason, so people keep buying it. So yes, they study possible interactions carefully.

So, really, here's the drill: 92% effective in typical use, 99% in perfect use, which I usually explain to people means, if you take it as well as you can (while also not being in a clinical study) you're usually looking at around 95% effectiveness in one year of use. That maybe-5% window there just isn't anything you can account for, you just have to figure if you're okay with that rate. If so, then if you just follow the directions in your patient insert, your pill will be as effective as it can be for people.

If you're not okay with that maybe-5% failure rate, then you want to back it up.

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I was on my iphone 4, using safari!

I see I totally get what you're trying to say. Different people have different diets so the people who make the pill would want to make sure they really study possible interactions. And if there isnt any data to suggest the need to worry about teas and pills, that probably because there isnt any need to.

So basically if we take the pill according to the leaflet given and take precautions when taking other medications that could possibly interact, the pill is very effectie at preventing pregnancy?

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That makes a little more sense: sometimes phones don't play well with the boards. Check Safari per your cookies, though: if it's not saving the boards into the cache, that's why it might not be saving your login.

Yep, you've got it.

In case effective rates aren't clear, 92% in typical use means that of every 100 people using it typically (which, in a year, includes things like a late pill now and then), only 8 become pregnant. That 99+% in perfect means only 1 of every 100 pill users (though it's over 99%, so really is more like 2 in even 1000) in one year does.

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Sorry, which does the "yep, you've got it." refer to? The teas/pills or the pill being effective?

Yeah it works a lot better now that Im on the laptop [Smile]

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It = all of it. [Smile]

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