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Birth Control Pills and Alcohol

Ok here's my question...Im planning on drinking alcohol this weekend. Dont worry I am over the age :)I am wondering though, I know alcohol makes the pill weaker and not effective enough. But I want to know...drinking and while on the pill cause anything more serious....such as headaches, shortness of breath and so on? (and yes I know that if I plan to have sex, to use a backup method....) Any answers are appreciated. Thanks! :)

-LTM
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Oh.. Uh... I never knew the effectiveness of the pill was altered by alcohol.. is this new.. or am I just clueless!?!
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i dont think alcohol has any effect on the pill - if it did i think there would be a LOT more unplanned pregnancies :)

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I looked online and here is what a webmd doctor said.

There is no evidence of alcohol consumption interfering with the absorption or effectiveness of oral contraceptives according to the latest edition of Contraceptive Technology. That said, I can't resist the opportunity to say that consumption of alcohol, especially in large amounts (more than four drinks per setting), of course, can effect judgment, memory, and cause vomiting, which certainly can effect whether the birth control pill is remembered, swallowed and stays down.

Dr. Bill Ramsey
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i think the only way alcohol can affect the pill is if you get sick from drinking too much shortly after taking it. if you puke before the pill is absorbed into your system, it's like missing that pill. in my younger, wilder college days, i used to make sure that i took my pill hours before i started drinking (i just started to regularly take it in the morning). but, using condoms is a good idea like the other poster said, cause who knows what you may do when that drunk ;)
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wow!! thank you so much ladies :)
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hi my name is nikki i just read you comment on here and just thought i would ask your view on this me and my husdand went to a party i consumed alot of alcohol to the point were i was sick i always take the pill but at the end of the month i only came on for one day and havent come on this month do you think there is any chance i could be pregnant
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Hi, I don't usually drink alcohol but last night I had three glasses of wine (my limit). I didn't get sick at all, but this morning my period started. It's not due for another week. I took my pill yesterday at the same time I always do. Can anyone tell me why it started so early? Could it be because I took the pill close to the time I started drinking? Any insight on this would be appreciated as this is very frustrating. Thanks!
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