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pill confusion

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 12, 2007
  • 01:27 PM

i'm 19 years old and my doctor had just prescribed me the contraceptive pill ( Cilest) i'm just wondering if it's ok if i can start taking them as soon as, or do i have to wait till my period, if i dont wait, is the pill still going to work?

p.s. i'm on pencilin antibiotics so would that stop the pill from working

if you are able to help i would really appreciate this.

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  • Dear 19, There is a lot of contoversy regarding "the pill". I hope you have considered other alternatives to birth control and have made an "informed" decision before deciding to take it.There are several alternatives to the pill and some are much less harmful on your body systems and major organs.And yes, antibiotic therapy can and does decrease the effectiveness of the pill and you may become pregnant. This infact happened to a friend of mine.Hope this helps and I would recommend thinking twice before taking the pill.Be good...mommy cat
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  • Do you smoke? If yes, then the pill is completely contraindicated and can cause horrible problems. If no, then I would still suggest looking this drug up on www.drugs.com to be aware of ALL the side effects, as there are many and docs/pharmacists don't usually make you aware of them. I agree with Mommy Cat, as the pill can really cause you problems...not everyone has a reaction, but just keep this in mind before you start taking them. Please talk with your gyno about the best time to start this if you decide to go with it. I would have a back up method whenever you take an antibiotic... ALSO, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO TAKE THE PILL AT THE SAME TIME EACH DAY - THIS IS CRUCIAL TO ITS EFFECTIVENESS. Lastly, get yourself on a good quality PROBIOTIC to help bring your intestinal flora back in balance after antibiotic use - you can find a good probiotic formula on www.vitacost.com or at any good health food store. Take this probiotic AT LEAST two hours before or after any other meds you are taking. Best wishesDOM
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