Question for Betty.

Will taking fish oil supplements inhibit my oral contraceptive from absorbing into my system?

Betty's Answer.

At this time I was unable to find any information on drug/nutrient interaction between oral contraceptives and fish oils.  There are drug/nutrient interactions between fish oils and anitcoagulant medications, aspirin, NSAIDS, antiplatelet agents, insulin, hypoglycemics and antihypertensives. 

 High doses of fish oils may cause gastrointestinal upset, loose stools and nausea.  If you have loose stools with the fish oil it may affect the transit time that your oral contraceptive is in your gut and thus absorption.

For maximum efficacy you may consider taking your OCPs (oral contraceptives) at a different time of day than when you take your fish oil.

Fish oils contain EPA and DHA, fats with omega-3 fatty acids.  These fats have been found helpful in lowering high blood pressure, reducing elevated cholesterol and tripgycerides, preventing atherosclerotic plaque formation and in improving skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

Be sure to let your health care provider know of any supplements, nutrients that you may be taking.