Although contraceptives are considered one of the safest contraceptive methods, they require strict rules and careful reading of the prospectus. Even the slightest deviation from the recommendations or mentions written in the package leaflet or the lack of information on medicines, foods or habits that interact with their efficacy can contribute to the loss of pregnancy protection!
Omission of pills
In order to benefit from the maximum effectiveness of oral contraceptives, it is very important to follow exactly the indications of their administration. They should be taken every day, at the same time, with the monthly break indicated on the prospectus and taking care to restart them when needed each month.
Contraceptives lose their effect if you fail to take one or more pills and have unprotected sex.
Many women have the impression that if they forget to take a pill and take it the next day or when they remember they are still protected from pregnancy. In fact, in the case of omission of a pill, certain rules must be followed, and in most cases, additional protective measures must be taken at the following sexual contacts.
There are several types of drugs that interfere with the effect of contraceptives, and antibiotics are among the best known. But they are not the only ones, and barbiturates or pills against epilepsy have the same effect. The list of drugs that endanger the effect of contraceptive pills is very long.
The best preventive measure, in this case, is to always ask your doctor or pharmacist if the drug you are about to take has any influence on the effect of contraceptives.
Even if the foods are not listed on the contraceptive pills prospectuses, there are specialists who argue that some foods would diminish their effectiveness and predispose you to a possible pregnancy.
Stoneware, grapefruit, sweet wood extract or yams are some of the most widely used foods that could overcome the protection obtained by birth control. However, for this side effect to occur, it is necessary to consume excess products.
Vomiting and diarrhea
Vomiting and diarrhea are two conditions or symptoms that can cancel the effect of contraceptives, if they appear within the first 3-4 hours after their administration.
If you take the pill, and soon the diarrhea or vomiting occurs, then there is a risk that the body may not have time to absorb the active substances from it, and the administration of the contraceptive may be unnecessary.
In all these cases, additional protection is required. In general, contraceptive doctors and manufacturers recommend a 7-day period to use another, additional, contraceptive device to protect you from unwanted pregnancy.
Do you know the situations in which you risk getting pregnant, even if you have contraceptives? Did you or did you know of cases in which they failed, due to non-compliance with these rules? Tell us your opinions in the comments section below!
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