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"Are you able to have intercourse while on medication?"
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The answer to your question is that it depends on what medication. The vast majority of medications do not interfere with a person's ability to have sexual intercourse. The number of medications for which you should not have intercourse is very small, so the best thing to do is to speak with your primary care physician to discuss your concern. Most of them discourage intercourse because of the possibility of birth defects if the woman were to become pregnant. Probably the most notable in common medication that carries this problem is Accutane. Accutane is a medication that is used for severe acne. When doctors prescribed this medication two forms of birth control are needed to be taken simultaneously if the patient is a woman. However, intercourse is not forbidden while on Accutane, just pregnancy. There are certain types of chemotherapeutic medications that are used specifically for cancer that probably carry the risk of infection from intercourse. However the patients that are on these medications typically are not forbidden from having protected intercourse. Anytime you start new medication, you should always consult with you primary care physician to see what precautions you must take. Good luck.
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