Hormonal Contraceptives/St. John's Wort Interactions

This information is generalized and not intended as specific medical advice. Consult your healthcare professional before taking or discontinuing any drug or commencing any course of treatment.

Medical warning:

Serious. These medicines may interact and cause very harmful effects. Contact your healthcare professional (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) for more information.

How the interaction occurs:

St. John's wort may cause your body to process your your contraceptives more quickly.

What might happen:

St. John's wort may reduce the effectiveness of your contraceptive, which may lead to pregnancy.

What you should do about this interaction:

Let your healthcare professionals (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) know that you are taking St. John's wort. Report any changes in your menstrual cycle, such as spotting or breakthrough bleeding, to your healthcare professional. Your doctor may want to change your oral contraceptive dose or may suggest you consider using another form of birth control while taking St. John's wort. You may need to stop taking St. John's wort. Let your healthcare providers know if you stop taking St. John's wort while you are taking your contraceptive.Your healthcare professionals may already be aware of this interaction and may be monitoring you for it. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.

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