Herbs and Birth Control Pills

 Will taking dandelion root pill or tea make my birth control pills less effective?


Although dandelion root is thought to support liver detoxification processes there is no current research indicating that it can change the way your body metabolizes the birth control pill.  For this reason I see no potential issues with dandelion decreasing the effectiveness of your oral contraceptives.  Remember, that the pill is not 100% effective and much of its ability to work is dependant on you taking it properly.  So remember to take it exactly how your doctor recommended for optimal protection. 

Now, some herbs are known to interact with liver metabolism of medication which can change the circulating levels of those drugs and decrease effectiveness.  The only known herb that specifically can affect blood levels of oral contraceptives is St. John’s Wort, so I would recommend you avoid that one. 

In Health, 

Dr. Passero

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