Regardless of which method of contraception you use, it is always best to remember that contraceptive effectiveness is not always absolute. Pills are not always 100% guaranteed to prevent pregnancy, and people are slowly becoming aware that condoms are only 80% effective. However, it should be noted that the effectiveness of contraception is not independent of other factors in the body, such as: For example, the body’s natural biochemistry or other things that might float around your body. Other factors that don’t even affect the body’s internal functions and whatever is floating around it can also have an impact. Therefore, there are some factors that anyone using contraceptives should consider when using it.
One of the factors that can change the effectiveness of contraception can be timing. Birth control pills are best taken regularly, as if they were prescribed medication. Sticking to a certain “rhythm” with your birth control pills can help maintain your ability to prevent pregnancy, especially if the pill only works with progestogen. Most people do not recognize this and take the pill at different times of the day, which can reduce its effectiveness. Maintaining regular scheduled medication use should help maximize the effectiveness of birth control pills. It should be noted that they are not an absolute guarantee that pregnancy will not occur, but they will minimize the likelihood of this occurring.
Some antibiotics can also have an impact on how effective contraceptive drugs are being. Rifampin, an antibiotic that is commonly used to fight diseases such as tuberculosis, is known to affect the effectiveness of birth control pills. Most other antibiotics should be fine, although demeclocycles and doxycycles should be mentioned. Although the side effects are not as common as with rifampin, the two drugs can also conflict with contraceptive drugs. In this particular case, it is best to consult your doctor about which antibiotics would not affect your current contraceptive plan.
Strangely enough, grapefruits can also affect how effective a contraceptive is. There is a compound in the grapefruit that absorbs estrogen. Since most contraceptive drugs are based on manipulating or changing the body’s estrogen level, as well as some other changes in hormone levels, this can affect the effectiveness of your pills. It should be noted that grapefruit juice also has the same compound and an effect that roughly corresponds to the consumption of the grapefruit itself. It should also be noted that progestogen-only pills are not hampered by this, although, as mentioned above, timing could be an issue for them.
Antifungal drugs, antihistamines and anticonvulsants can also affect how effective a birth control pill would be in the body. In the case of antihistamines, there is still a debate as there are no direct indications that indicate one way or the other. Antifungal drugs that are introduced into the body orally rather than topically can disrupt some of the biochemical changes that birth control pills do. After all, not all anticonvulsants can reduce the likelihood that a birth control pill will work. Therefore, it is best to consult a doctor to find out which ones could have such an effect.
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