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Hey there- I have seen a lot of posts discussing the effectiveness (or rather ineffectiveness) of birth control pills when someone has diarrhea, but I am confused as to how quickly the pill is absorbed into your system as to determine what should be considered a "missed pill". I've been traveling and eating some unusual foods (also why calling my doctor would be quite expensive), and yesterday I ate something that made my stomach hurt. Fast forward 6 hours and I have a bout of loose stools (but not entirely diarrhea) approximately 25 minutes after eating a snack and taking my birth control pill. I know you guys aren't specialists in digestion, but it seems to me that only 25 minutes wouldn't be long enough for the pill to travel from my mouth out the other end. i.e. I imagine that my upset stomach had to do with the food I ate earlier, but I am still not sure if this would affect my birth control pill since in was only 20 or so minutes after I took my pill. I was also 10 hours late with another pill earlier this week, so I am wondering what I will need to do in terms of back-up contraception, and whether or not you think that my pill should be considered "missed" since I had loose stools shortly after. Sorry about my rambling, and thanks for your help.
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Robin Lee
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No, we're not specialists in digestion. [Smile] Though you're right that we've had enough posts on this that we should probably consult one.

I'm inclined to agree with you though that it's unlikely that loose stool 25 minutes after taking your pill would, well, take the pill right along with it.

Since you are unsure about how much you did absorb and you had a late pill earlier this week, back-up contraception would probably be a good idea if you think you'll be engaging in sexual activity that could lead to pregnancy in the next little while. You would only need to be concerned for the rest of this cycle of pills.


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