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Tocopherol and birth control pills

I just found out that the fish oil supplements that I've been taking for weeks contain tocopherol (a chemical compound that carries vitamin E activity or simply boosts fertility), at the same time I've been taking birth control pills.

Does this deem the BC pills ineffective since tocopherols in the fish oil supplements I'm taking help boost fertility?

I'm confused. Thanks!
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replied September 15th, 2008
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No, tocopherol (Vitamin E) can't make the birth control pills less effective.

Vitamin E takes part in various metabolic processes including some that provide normal reproductive function. So, Vitamin E does not increase the fertilization ability but only keeps it normal. Birth control pills suppress ovulation and that can not be prevented with Vitamin E.
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