do antibiotics really affect your pill?

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do antibiotics really affect your pill?

Unread postby ctj1718 » Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:05 am

I've just started Amoxicillin 500mg and will take it for a week. Would this affect my contraceptive pill "rigevidon" that I am currently taking, I'm taking it during my 7 day break, should I still use condoms when I start my new active pill pack as I am planning to have sex the week after I stop taking Amoxicillin. Will I still be protected against pregnancy?

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Re: do antibiotics really affect your pill?

Unread postby Heather » Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:06 am

They might not, but they can. Here's an intensive and current piece on that for you: ... th_control

We generally suggest playing it safe by just backing up with condoms while you're using the antibiotics and, if you want to be extra cautious, through the first week of your next pill pack, since it's such a relatively easy thing to do, and something we need to do for STI protection, anyway. I personally also always advise playing it extra safe with safer sex period whenever we have or have just recently had any kind of infection, since we can be more susceptible to other infections in that case.
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