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Stargirl85
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Can yeast infections affect birth control at all, without meds? I know usually people worry about taking certain medication, but can a vaginal yeast infection or intestinal be cause for concern without medication, since yeast overgrowth kills the good gut flora (which helps the BC absorb), or should women only be concerned about medication because its not more likely to get pregnant just because of an infection?
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Molias
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I'm not sure I understand the second half of your question, but I've never seen anything that would indicate that yeast infections impact the effectiveness of a birth control pill. Certainly if you're having chronic yeast infections it's a good idea to see a doctor or try some lifestyle changes to get them under control, but that's because they're really uncomfortable, not because they'll make your BC pills less effective. Here's an article about yeast infections that might be helpful: Yeast Infections
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Patricia H
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Hi Stargirl85,

I'm not exactly sure what you're asking here, but if you have an active yeast infection and are taking medications for it, this is information that your reproductive healthcare provider needs to know, as it is possible for medications to affect each other, birth control notwithstanding. Because there are so many variables at play here and can happen, I would like to suggest something as simple as calling up your doctor and/or healthcare provider to have this sorted out. It is possible that he/she can provide you with a birth control medication that won't be affected by yeast infection medication.

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