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OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry has the answers to your pressing gyno questions! Debbie in Florida wants to know if the flu shot will affect her birth control. Dr. Nita says it will not! Nor will most antibiotics, despite the rumors you may have heard. The only antibiotics that have been proven to impact birth control effectiveness are ones for tuberculosis.
However, no birth control is 100% effective, so even if you are not taking any other medication, the pill can fail because people don’t take it exactly as prescribed. There are some medications like anti-seizure, bipolar, HIV or even St. John Wart’s, that may affect birth control which is why it’s important to let your doctor know every prescription and over-the-counter medication you are taking.
The next viewer, Crystal, wants to know if the viral video she saw about your uterus doubling in size during your period, is true. Dr. Nita says this one too, is not real! She says you do have some more blood flow and the endometrium, the inside lining of the uterus, does get ½ cm thicker, but it’s not going from the size of a baby red potato to a regular large one (the objects Dr. Nita uses to demonstrate)!
If you want to blame the bloating, she says to blame it on the hormones. They cause women to retain a bit more fluid, get a little more gas, and may cause cravings that impact poor dietary decisions.
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