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Hi Scarleteen staff!
I just had a quick question.
My boyfriend and I had protected sex this last Tuesday (he used condom, I'm on birth control). However, I did not pee afterward and ended up getting a UTI. It was really bad so I went in, and they told me I NEEDED to take antibiotics (doctor said it was a very bad case). However, I am aware that antibiotics lessen the effectiveness of birth control, and was wondering if I should start them now or sooner; since sperm can live for up to 5 days. (Even though we used a condom, I'm not sure if there were any that got up there since I can't see them). What should I do?
Thanks for your help. You guys are literally the best.

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Sam W
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Hi OCally,

You should take the antibiotics when you get them, since that will help prevent the infection from getting worse. Did you ask your doctor about the possibility of the antibiotics decreasing your pill's effectiveness?

Additionally, if you used a condom the whole time and it didn't break or slip off during sex, you can assume it did it's job and that no sperm entered your system.

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I told the doctor I was sexually active, he didn't seem to change his mind on the fact I should take anti-biotics.

I know for a fact the condom didn't break, and we used it the whole time; I'm just not sure if any survived despite the fact (I guess I fear really strong sperm, haha O.o)

Thank you for your advice!

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Most antibiotics don't affect the pill, including the ones that people are most likely to be prescribed. It's part of the doctor's job to make sure none of the medications a patient takes interfere with each other, so if you told the doctor you take the pill, the antibiotic you have should be fine. If you ever forget to ask a doctor something like this, or you're not sure of their answer, you can ask a pharmacist. Pharmacists also know which medications interact.

Even with an antibiotic that may effect the pill, it won't make a difference for any sex you already had before you started taking the antibiotic.

If you're prescribed antibiotics for an infection, it's best to take them, otherwise the infection can get worse.

Sperm can't get through condoms. They don't have little pick-axes! [Razz] It's not about whether any "survived" or not; if a condom is stored and used correctly, all the semen will be contained in the condom and none will get into or onto you.

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