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A 18-year-old female asked:

If birth control pills are supposed to stop you from ovulating then why and how do we still get our periods?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Same way: The pill replaces your normal cycle by imitating the changes that would normally occur with the hormones from your ovaries. The ovaries become suppressed because they do not need to produce the hormones while you are taking the pill.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

I am curious if birth control pills prevent you from ovulating, how come you still get periods?

1 doctor answer9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jay Nemiro
Fertility Medicine 46 years experience
E+P: Birth control pills stop ovulation by interfering with the signals from the brain to the ovary. That occurs because of the estrogen (e) and Progesterone (p) in them. In addition, the e stimulates the lining of your uterus, p stabilizes it; and when you stop the e and p, it causes you to shed your endometrial lining and have a bleed. It is not ovulation, just a w/d bleed by stopping the e+p.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Quitting birth control pills. How soon can I ovulate?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Phillips
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
Soon: Usually 2 weeks after your last menses.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What will be the effect of getting off of birth control on ovulation?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Carolyn Quist
Gynecology 36 years experience
Restart ovulation: Birth control methods that are hormonal work to suppress ovulation and therefore once you stop them, ovulation cycles should return. Occasionally, < 2% on average, there is a slight delay in returning to ovulatory cycles. Eggs do age, just as we do and therefore return of ovulation also depends on where someone is on the towards menopause.
Last updated May 17, 2013


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