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"Do hydroxycut products affect birth control?"
i want to know if the product makes birth control less effective
I applaud you for thinking about this concern and for speaking with a physician about your concerns. It is always important to think about the effects that any new medication can have on birth control. Antibiotics, especially, are notorious for reducing the effectiveness of birth control pills. Most of these changes work by affecting the degradation or metabolism of these birth control pills (oral contraceptives, or OCPs). While there is little evidence directly reviewing the effectiveness of birth control pills with the use of weight loss supplements, it is doubtful that there will be any in the near future due to the fact that these supplements are not regulated by the FDA. This means that, in many instances, studies have to be funded by the company themselves, and there is little incentive for these companies to perform studies when their return on investment is likely to be low. A review of the common products that are likely to be included in hydroxycut suggests that they may not interact, but it is important to understand what birth control product you are using and more details about your past medical history that only your doctor would know. Please speak to your doctor.
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