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Okay so I took my pill at 9 and I had to go to the bathroom for a bowel movement around an hour and a half later. It wasn't like violent diarrhea or anything, it was one very hard stool, like constipation (I think this one because I haven't had a bowel movement in two days), followed by loose, soft stools but not very watery (it wasn't, as friend says, 'like peeing out the bottom'). I'm worried that there might not have been enough time for the pill to absorb into my body, and that the soft stools contained my pill. Should I be concerned about the effectiveness being compromised by this? My boyfriend and I have had sex today and I rely on the pill for protection since I'm a perfect user and have been using Yasmin for a year and a half now. I only just realized that the whole loose stools issue might actually interfere so I thought I'd ask [Smile]

Thanks for the help guys :>

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It takes about an hour for your body to absorb the pill, so you should be protected in this case. For future reference, if you're having frequent diarrhea and/or vomiting it's a good idea to back it up with a condom for a cycle and/or take EC the morning after if you feel your protection was truly compromised.

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Too, regular bowel movements soon after taking your pill are no cause of concern. It's really when you have diarrhea that it's the problem, because your body is excreting matter too quickly, not letting it be absorbed as it moves through the intestines normally.

The one you had sounds more regular than not, so as Alice said, you are fine. Have you been constipated lately? Or was this just a one time thing?

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It was just a one-time thing. My eating habits have been off since this weekend, and I've been stressed and up and down and dealing with my grandpa's recent and unexpected death. I think that's why I didn't have a bowel movement for like two days, because I was eating irregularly.

I said, I didn't think it was cause to worry but I just want to check to be sure.

Out of curiosity, how bad does the diarrhea have to be in order to cause malabsorption?

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Generally, you'll need to have profuse, watery stools in the 3 hours since you took your pill for it to affect absorption. One or two normal-to-slightly-looser BM's is nothing to be concerned about.

If you have profuse diarrhea ever, you'll also want to use a backup method for the 7 days after it lets up. The reason being the combination pill relies on the "good bacteria" in the gut to break down and absorb, and that's seriously depleted after intense evacuations. :)

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