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Can I take birth control pills and an antibiotic for urinary tract infection?

By Silvia Azaña Gutiérrez B.Sc., M.Sc. (embryologist).
Last Update: 05/25/2022

Yes, the most commonly used antibiotics have not been shown to have a reducing effect on the efficacy of contraceptive pills.

In general, a decrease in the contraceptive effect of taking oral contraceptives and antibiotics together has only been demonstrated with rifampicin and rifabutin.

In any case, it is recommended that you consult a specialist before taking any type of medication or herb, in case an additional or alternative contraceptive method to contraceptive pills is necessary.

 Silvia Azaña Gutiérrez
Silvia Azaña Gutiérrez
B.Sc., M.Sc.
Embryologist
Graduate in Health Biology from the University of Alcalá and specialized in Clinical Genetics from the same university. Master in Assisted Reproduction by the University of Valencia in collaboration with IVI clinics.
License: 3435-CV
Embryologist. Graduate in Health Biology from the University of Alcalá and specialized in Clinical Genetics from the same university. Master in Assisted Reproduction by the University of Valencia in collaboration with IVI clinics. License: 3435-CV.