You should be able to treat your UTI without worrying about your birth control not working.
It’s pretty rare to get pregnant while properly (the key is properly) taking birth control pills, yet many women feel a little voice of paranoia in the back of their head about the different things that could go wrong. One such worry that many ob-gyns hear is, “Will antibiotics mess up my birth control?”
That’s a no, according to ob-gyn Kecia Gaither, MD. Most antibiotics, like those used for sore throats and yeast infections (bleh), don’t have any impact on your birth control’s effectiveness. We repeat: Antibiotics for your UTI won’t affect how your birth control pills work. (Cue the collective sigh of relief.)
But, there’s a but. There are two antibiotics that can decrease the effectiveness of your daily birth control pill: rifampin and rifabutin. But docs prescribe these antibiotics for more serious conditions like tuberculosis, so there’s a good chance you’ll never need to take them.
That said, it’s always crucial to share with your doc about what medications you’re taking (including birth control) to make sure none of them will have potentially negative or even dangerous interactions. Although commonly prescribed antibiotics are safe to use with your ring, patch, or pill, other kinds of medication can interfere, like drugs used to treat bipolar disorder. But even that is not a cause for alarm. Certain types of birth control (IUDs, implants, the shot, and condoms) aren’t affected by the medication you take. A candid chat with your ob-gyn will help you find the right birth control option for your health needs.
Dr. Gaither, an ob-gyn and maternal fetal medicine specialist, is director of perinatal services at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, a member of NYC Health + Hospitals System in Bronx, New York.
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So I've always wanted to know do
antibiotics affect your birth control?
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I get this question all
the time from my patient.
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The good news is that most antibiotics
don't have any impact on your birth
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You will not get pregnant just because
you're dealing with a UTI or strep throat.
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The antibiotics we often prescribe for
things like acne, or sore throat, or
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vaginal infection are not an issue here.
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There are a couple of
kinds of antibiotics.
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Rifampin and Rifabutin that we prescribe
for more serious health problems like
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tuberculosis that can mess with
your birth controls effectiveness.
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Any time you're prescribed a new
medication, it's always smart to make sure
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your doctor knows the birth
control that you're taking.
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And to double check to make sure
you can take them at the same time.
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Antibiotics and birth control pill interactions: Fact or fallacy? Drugs.com, 2015. (Accessed on September 25, 2017 at https://www.drugs.com/article/antibiotics-and-birth-control.html.)
Which medications can mess with birth control? Washington, D.C.: Bedsider, 2017. (Accessed on September 25, 2017 at https://www.bedsider.org/features/294-which-medications-can-mess-with-birth-control.)