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I went to the doctor today, because I had two bumps by my throat. It turned out to be swollen lymph nodes, and it is caused by the acne that I have aaround my chin and mouth. I have never been acne prone, up until last October. Thats when I started ortho-tri as BC, but I thought BC was suppose to clear acne up, not make it appear. Am I worng? Second, my doctor prescribed Benzoil and some other medicine I have to take orally than topically. He said the medication, when taken orally, is one of the medicines that effect the BC. My bf and I had sex the other night, and now he's afraid I might get pregnant because apparently you can get pregnant within days, nit just a day. But my doctor just said for the 10 days i take the medicine to be careful, so is there any chance I could get pregnant?
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Hormonal birth control CAN make acne better, but there's no guarantee. Typically, it works best in cases where the acne outbreaks are related to hormonal changes in the cycle. In acne that's related to other causes, there may be some results. As well, for some women it will make acne worse.

The oral medication you were given was probably an antibiotic which could interfere with the effectiveness of your BC. I'm guessing that your doctor thinks you've got some kind of infection in your body right now (as evidenced by the swollen lymph nodes and the acne) that needs antibiotic treatment. That's not all that uncommon. Often, when we're incubating an infection inside, it shows on the outside via acne. Have you started the antibiotic yet? Also, how many days has it been since you had sex (was a condom used?)? If it's been several days between the time you had sex and when you started the antibiotics, then you're likely fine and will just want to back up your BC for the rest of this cycle. I'd guess that you've been prescribed some pretty strong antibiotics, so you should consider your pill protection compromised for the entire rest of this cycle.

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I was prescribed Erythromycin for 10 days taken orally. We last had sex on thursday and no condom was used. I'm a week away from my placebo pills as well.

thanks for the help

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