Oral Contraceptives

Alternate Names :

  • Birth Control Pills
  • Contraceptives

Folate —Supplementation Possibly Helpful Other Nutrients —Supplementation Possibly Helpful St. John's Wort —Decreased Effectiveness of Drug Indole-3-Carbinol —Possible Decreased Effectiveness of Drug Dong Quai, St. John's Wort —Possible Harmful Interaction Rosemary —Possible Harmful Interaction Grapefruit Juice —Possible Harmful Interaction Resveratrol —Possible Harmful Interaction Milk Thistle —Possible Decreased Action of Drug Androstenedione —Theoretical Harmful Interaction Soy —Probably No Interaction

Oral contraceptives (OCs), or birth control pills, are some of the most effective contraceptive drugs. These medications include:

  • Alesse
  • Brevicon
  • Demulen
  • Desogen
  • Estrostep
  • Genora
  • Jenest
  • Levlen
  • Levlite
  • Levora
  • Loestrin
  • Lo/Ovral
  • Micronor
  • Mircette
  • Modicon
  • Nelova
  • Nordette
  • Norethin
  • Norinyl
  • Nor-Q.D.
  • Ortho-Cept
  • Ortho Cyclen
  • Ortho-Novum
  • Ortho Tri-Cyclen
  • Ovcon
  • Ovral
  • Ovrette
  • Tri-Levlen
  • Tri-Norinyl
  • Triphasil
  • Zovia
  • and others

Folate Although the evidence is not consistent, women who are taking OCs may need extra folate. 1-5Since folate deficiency is fairly common even among women who are not taking OCs, and it's not wise to be lacking in an essential nutrient, taking a folate supplement on general principle is probably a good idea.

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