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Kate101
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Hey,
I went to the doctor today and turns out I have a UTI. She prescribed me ciproflovaxin 500 mg and flavoxate (urispas). I stupidly forgot to ask her if these pills would affect my contraceptive pill's efficiency (Valette).
Can you give me info on this?
If the efficiency is decreased, how safe am I if we use a condom and I keep taking the pills at the right time ? --> (am I only 98% safe - the percentage for perfect condom use?).

Please answer ASAP and thanks in advance!

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Heather
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The class of antibiotics prescribed for UTIs is not contraindicated for use with oral contraceptives and has not been found to potentially reduce effectiveness.

However, I would still advise using condoms simply to help protect against another UTI, and to keep your body from having more germs to deal with than it's dealing with already. It can also be a good idea to take a break from genital sex while healing from a UTI, because sex does tend to irritate the urethra.

Condoms used in conjunction with pills provides you around 99.99% effectiveness with perfect use of both and 98.8% effective with typical use of both.

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Kate101
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Hi Heather,
Thank you so much! We have used condoms for all genital contact (even if it doesn't constitute intercourse)... I guess I'm just prone to this! And yes we were thinking about waiting at least 1 week before having sex again (is this enough time?), but we have vacation plans starting next tuesday and this would be kind of a setback.
Again, thanks for your help; and keep up this amazing work!

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Heather
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You're welcome. Want to talk a bit about recurrent UTIs, and make sure you're doing what you can to best try and avoid them?

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Kate101
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Sorry! I had to go!
I think I know the basics: always wipe from front to back; must dry my genital area properly after taking a shower; wear cotton underwear (and not too tight); change towels frequently; urinate before and after sex; wear condoms as they help reducing the risk of UTIs; etc.
I've just recentely started my sex life (aprox. 5 months ago) and this is my 2nd UTI, probably a relapse from the 1st one, since they happened within a month!
I'd be greatful if you could give me any additional info on the subject!
Btw I went to the pharmacy to buy my next pack of pills, and asked the pharmacist if the antibiotics (I specified, just as I did earlier, on this post) would interfere with the efficiency of Valette and he said that EVERY antibiotic interferes with oral contraceptives, regardless of its type or function - was he saying this just to play it safe? I'm confused :S

Thanks again [Smile]

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Heather
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That pharmacist was incorrect: that's unfortunate. if he checked his reference books for your pill, I assure you, he would not find every antibiotic listed there. we keep a list of medications known or strongly suspected to interact here: http://www.scarleteen.com/birth_control_bingo_the_combination_pill

Didn't realize this was only UTI #2 because you said you were prone to this. UTIs are more common when people first become sexually active, and it is possible your last one wasn't fully treated. Sounds like for now you've got all the prevention basics under wraps. On additional one in there that helps some people is to have both partners take a shower before sex together.

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