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I've been on Sprintec for about 5 months now. Today I donated blood for the American Red Cross. Will this change the effectiveness of by birth control pills?
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Don't know the exact answer to your question but I just want to say a few facts about birth control (source: A.C. Green's Game Plan Abstinence Program
1. True love is not giving sex to people, it's waiting to have it with them after you're married.
2. Sex isn't bad: it's good, that's why you should preserve it after you're married.
3.Birth control/condoms are not effective, even if you have both. With condoms, there's still a risk of STDs and HIV/AIDS. 78% of teen pregnancies are not intended.

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Imposing any sexual choice upon anyone is not acceptable here. Scarleteen is pro-choice and pro-reproductive freedom, and that means not imposing any choice upon any visitor. Abstinence may be for you, and that's great. But it isn't for a good majority, and it's not anyone's place to tell them it's not the choice for them; that's their call alone.

Please desist if you wish to participate here.

And those statistics are absolutely false. Birth control pills are over 99% effective when used correctly, and condoms are 97% effective. Condoms reliably prevent spread of STI's by eliminating contact with infective body fluids -- they're made out of the same material as medical gloves, so find me a source that states those routinely fail and infect healthcare workers. They are not failproof, but to state they are ineffective is misinformation.

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Woah there...I'm not sure where you're getting your support about birth control and condoms being ineffective, but many many many unbiased scientific studies have shown the opposite to be true. Birth control and condoms are quite effective for individuals in all types of relationships (married or not). Also, please keep in mind that not everybody wants to get married or will get married at any point.

While you are more than welcome to have your own opinions, we ask that you respect the sexual and reproductive choices of others if you intend to participate in this site. We support the choices of all individuals and are invested in providing the most up-to-date, factual information possible to allow them to make the choices that are right for them. While abstaining may be the choice for you, it may not be right for everybody right where they are.

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(Lauren beat me to it!)

beautifulS0LE, donating blood should not have an impact on your birth control pill.

[ 03-31-2008, 07:47 PM: Message edited by: KittenGoddess ]

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Thank you so much for the response. So I dont need to worry right?

I come here seeking advice, not a biased opinion. I'm sure myself and other people on this message board would appreciate it if you did not meddle in personal business of others.

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Right, beautifulSoLE, no need to worry.


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BeautifulSOLE, Just an extra tip in case they didn't tell you this... make sure you drink a *lot* of water. It will help you get back to your old self more quickly.

"Sometimes the majority only means that all the fools are on the same side" ~Anon

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I'm fairly certain the Red Cross would tell you up-front if donating would affect pill effectiveness, since it's a common thing. They tell you everything else (they always give me a veritable book of literature), so I'm sure you're fine. I donate blood a lot too [Smile] Go us!
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