Oral contraceptives (OCs), or birth control pills, are some of the most effective contraceptive drugs.
These medications include:
- Ortho Cyclen
- Ortho Tri-Cyclen
- and others
Since folate deficiency is fairly common even among women who are not taking OCs, and it's not wise to be lacking in an essential nutrient, taking a folate supplement on general principle is probably a good idea.
OCs have been reported to cause increased sensitivity to the sun, amplifying the risk of sunburn or skin rash. Because dong quai and St. John's wort may also cause this problem, taking these herbal supplements while taking OCs might add to this risk.
It may be a good idea to wear sunscreen or protective clothing during sun exposure if you take one of these herbs while using OCs.
- Reviewer: EBSCO CAM Review Board
- Review Date: 08/2013 -
- Update Date: 08/22/2013 -