Binge Drinking on Birth Control Can Up Pregnancy Risk

By Bryan Le 03/23/12

Experts warn that women who think they're on birth control after having thrown up the pill have got it wrong.

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Evidently, some hard-drinking women who are trying to stay baby-free have a difficult time keeping something elementary in mind: After taking a birth-control pill, try not to throw it up. If you do, warns Dr. Karen Prokai, it's the same as skipping the dose—a concept that Canadian college students spoken to by news website OpenFile seem to have trouble grasping. "I puke all the time and have sex with my boyfriend after," said one student. "I don't really puke when I'm hungover, but I puke a lot when I'm drunk," said another. She added: "And ever since I started University, I pretty much have sex every weekend when I'm drunk."

When students were told that their gastric gymnastics and mattress marathons could leave them in the family way, they were surprised to have never made the connection. “That’s a huge disclaimer that should be on [birth control],” one college boyfriend said. “Especially at our age, because there’s so many people going out, puking and having sex. It’s the reality.” But even those who don't live in a such a wild world could stand to learn a lesson about birth control and alcohol: Namely, also use a condom. “Our motto is just don’t trust [the pill] 100 percent," said pharmacy technician Jessica Wood. "There’s always that chance—it’s not foolproof.”

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Bryan Le grew up in the 90's, so the Internet is practically his third parent. This combined with a love for journalism led him to The Fix. When he isn't fulfilling his duties as Editorial Coordinator, he's obsessing over fancy keyboards he can't justify buying. Find Bryan on LinkedIn or Twitter