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RageAgainstU
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i was an idiot, and i had sex with my boyfriend while on antibiotics and birth control. i had gotten a bladder infection, and we had sex for maybe 2 seconds without a condom on. he didnt ejaculate in me, but i have a feeling this might not be good. what do i do? and how high are the risks of me being pregnant?
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gubblebum
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Not all antibiotics make birth control less effective. Your doctor and/or pharmicist should have told you if your antibiotics would make your birth control less effective. If he or she didn't say anything, you could call your pharmicist now and see what he says. If he says it will make your BC less effective, it might not be too late for EC.

Next time, make sure you ask if it will affect your BC, or just get in the habit of using condoms for extra protection.


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RageAgainstU
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how much less effective though? i mean are we talking a %50 decrease or a miniscule amount?
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It's really difficult for us to say, because different antibiotics will have different effects of different peoples' bodies and birth control prescriptions. In other words: there is no exact percent, it is different case by case.

Have you checked with the doctor to find out if this antibiotic will have an effect on birth control pills? If not, do so! That's the best source to go to to determine if your birth control was made less efficient.

As suggested, you may also want to seek out EC if it isn't too late and see if the people there consider your risk great enough to administer EC to you. For now, look into EC and don't stress. If EC isn't an option for you, take a pregnancy test 10-14 days from your risk.


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RageAgainstU
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well, since im still on birth control, im due to get my period on tuesday. if i get it, does that mean im not pregnant? or should i still check just to be sure?
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Heather
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Sulfa-based antibiotics generally given for bladder infections are generally NOT those which interfere with the effectiveness of BCPs.

No need for EC, and again, you can always call your pharmacist to make sure.


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