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By Anonymous April 18, 2017 - 9:22am
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If you're on birth control and you want to try out detox body cleansing teas (ex: teami blends. Or fit tea) will that affect the pill in any way to be less affective?

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER. Thank you for reaching out to us with your question.

Not being familiar with detoxing teas and their interaction with oral contraceptives, I did some online research.

I found an article that detoxing products can decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills.

"Dr Beverley Vollenhoven, Associate Professor at Monash University in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, said it absolutely could.
She told news.com.au, “Contraceptive pills can be affected by detoxes, yes. We’re talking about pills that combine oestrogen and progesterone hormones. All of those pills are metabolised by the liver, and all of those pills depend on absorption by the bowel for them to work.
“If you have a detoxing agent that causes diarrhoea then it will affect the absorption of the pill. If you have an agent that’s going to increase liver enzymes, and I can’t think of anything natural that would actually do that, then the pill will be broken down more quickly,” she explained.
Dr Vollenhoven was quick to point out this isn’t limited to just oral contraceptives.
“There are wider health implications with this. If someone was taking tablets for their blood pressure, or taking something like Warfarin for their heart valves, and they did a cleanse, that could have potentially fatal consequences,” she said."



April 18, 2017 - 9:37am
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