A 20-year-old female asked:
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if you don't ovulate on birth control, how can stress delay or stop your period while taking it?

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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Brain suppression: The hypothalamus is suppressed by the use of the oral contraceptive pill to prevent ovulation. Stress can further suppress the hypothalamus as well. The most likely cause of the absent period is minimal endometrial tissue which is common on the pill and therefore doesn't shed at the time of the due period.
Answered on Feb 13, 2015

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