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Question: Birth Control Effectiveness/Diarrhea


 missboo72 - Thu Sep 10, 2009 3:41 pm

I have been taking low-ogestrel for 13 years. Saturday early morning I woke up took my birth control pill and then about two seconds later had to go to the bathroom with some diarrhea. About hour later I got up and had a little more. Then I was fine for the rest of the day.

Sunday morning I took my pill again and was fine all day until midnight later in the evening had some diarrhea again. Monday took my pill, fine all day, Tuesday took my pill fine all day. Tuesday night had sex with my husband. Should I be concerned, should I take the emergency contraceptive pills on top of my pills?

The nurse at my GYN's office said I would need to have chronic diarrhea for days in order to it to bother it, but every site about birth control says you should have used backup even after one episode. So confused.
 Debbie Miller, RN - Mon Sep 14, 2009 12:30 pm

User avatar Hello,
I doubt the diarrhea has anything to do with the pill. Most likely it is coincidental and I don't understand your concern about needing plan B. If you took your pill, you don't need to worry. Using a back up method is for missed pills and has nothing to do with diarrhea. Have I missed something here? Did you miss some pills? If not, I would just watch and see if it subsides or evaluate the diarrhea for causes if it continues. I am not aware of a bout with diarrhea being cause for needing back up birth control.

I hope this answers your concerns.

Best wishes.

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