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Doctor insights on: Breakthrough Ovulation On Birth Control

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Contraception (Definition)

Contraceptiion is a means of preventing conception (or fertilization). There are hormonal and non hormonal methods of preventing sperm and egg from meeting. Talk to your doctor or clinic about what options are best for you. There are short acting methods (condoms, pills, patch, ring) and long ...Read more


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If I am taking augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) for 2 weeks for sinusitis while on Mononessa (birth control) could that cause me to ovulate and/or breakthrough spotting?

If I am taking augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) for 2 weeks for sinusitis while on Mononessa (birth control) could that cause me to ovulate and/or breakthrough spotting?

Spotting: Clavulanate can interfere with effectiveness of birth control medication and it is quite possible that it has interacted with the hormone and decreased its effective concentration in your blood which has caused you to spot. This is also why it is always advisable to use a backup method of birth control while on such antibiotics. ...Read more

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Do you ovulate after finishing birth control?

Generally not: If the birth control pills are working properly, you should not be ovulating after you finish the pack and/or get your period. There is, of course, a small failure rate with bcp; and if you do not get your period, than you should do a pregnancy test and/or talk to your gyn. ...Read more

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When do you ovulate if you are on birth control?

When do you ovulate if you are on birth control?

You probably don't: The primary method for a birth control pill is to keep you from ovulating. More than 90% of those on a pill will not ovulate. ...Read more

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When I take birth control will it stop me from ovulating?

When I take birth control will it stop me from ovulating?

Yes.: That's the idea. It must be taken everyday as prescribed, though. No missed pills here and there. Ocps taken everyday as prescribed will suppress ovulation. ...Read more

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On birth control, but experiencing ovulation type symptoms?

On birth control, but experiencing ovulation type symptoms?

Ovulation: Ovulation symptoms can include light spotting, slight abdominal cramping or pain, breast tenderness, abdominal bloating, increased sex drive and heightened sense of smell, taste or vision. BCPs can cause headache, dizziness, breast tenderness, spotting, mood changes, abdominal pain, leg swelling, blurred vision, chest pain. I suspect your symptoms are due to your pills. See your doctor for exam. ...Read more

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How long does it take to ovulate after finishing birth control?

How long does it take to ovulate after finishing birth control?

Not long: Usually a woman will resume ovulation within 1-3 months of stopping a birth control pill. If it takes much longer than this, you should see your doctor to check for other causes of ovulation problems. One exception to this is that there are some forms of contraception, such as a depo-provera injection, that can have residual effects on ovulation for as long as a year. Good luck! ...Read more

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How do I know when am ovulating if am no longer on birth control?

How do I know when am ovulating if am no longer on birth control?

Ovulation Prediction: If you have a regular period, you can download an ovulation prediction chart off the internet & get a good estimate. Otherwise, you can buy an ovulation predictor kit at your local drug store. Take care. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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If your on birth control do you still ovulate? And if so how can you tell?

Generally no: The pill usually works by preventing ovulation. Birth control like IUD or morning after pills do not. No one can tell for sure when or if they are ovulating. Sometimes people trying to get pregnant can get a likely time by following basal body temperature, but the process is time consuming and really an estimate at best. ...Read more

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After you stop taking birth control when do you ovulate the first time and times after that?

After you stop taking birth control when do you ovulate the first time and times after that?

Usually: The first month after stopping pills; some women take 2 or 3 months. Longer than that is possible but uncommon. ...Read more

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If you start your birth control on the night of your ovulation day, does it still stop ovulation?

If you start your birth control on the night of your ovulation day, does it still stop ovulation?

Not likely: Ovulation is a rather delicate/complex process that usually takes about 2 weeks from the start of the cycle to time of ovulation. Regular use/timely use of ocp interferes with this process an thus prevents ovulation, but it is not likely to be effective if taking it only on the night/day of ovulation that is about to occur. The "morning-after pill" can stop pregnancy if needed. Consult doc. ...Read more

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How long does it take to start ovulating again after stopping birth control? (i have been off birth control for a week and a couple days.)

How long does it take to start ovulating again after stopping birth control? (i have been off birth control for a week and a couple days.)

Up to 90 days: After stopping birth control pills, most women have a return of their period and the preceding ovulation, within 32 days. However, it could take up to 90 days. If ovulation and menstrual periods do not return within 90 days, you should see a gynecologist for eveluation. ...Read more

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So hi again. I'm on birth control shot. Is there any way to prove that its working. Been tell ovulation test are useless so is there any other way?

So hi again. I'm on birth control shot. Is there any way to prove that its working. Been tell ovulation test are useless so is there any other way?

Depo is effective: If you are receiving the birth control shot, Depo-Provera provera, (medroxyprogesterone) every 3 months, the effectiveness is very high. Continue to get shots within the appropriate timeframe to prevent a disruption in protection. It is not necessary to check to see if it is working. The shot is meant to suppress ovulation, so if you are getting your shots are on time, ovulation should not occur. ...Read more

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To verify if my birth control works, I have decided to do 2 months of ovulation tests to check it. If I do not ovulate is that sufficient evidence?

To verify if my birth control works, I have decided to do 2 months of ovulation tests to check it. If I do not ovulate is that sufficient evidence?

Not needed: IF you are using a FDA approved method of birth control and following the instructions for use then it is not necessary to do ovulation testing. Birth control works when used correctly. The IUD and Nexplanon are the most effective methods of reversible contraception ...Read more

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Is it normal to ovulate this soon? My last day I took my birth control was on saturday. I took an ovulation test on friday and it said I was ovulating

This soon?: How soon is "this soon? " you should not ovulate on bcp (although sometimes it happens) but: why are you testing ovulation while you are on bcp? Any more info you wish to share? ...Read more

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I'm on sprintec birth control. Do I still ovulate?

I'm on sprintec birth control. Do I still ovulate?

Probably not: Generally speaking, if taken perfectly, birth control pills prevent ovulation, but occasionally people have ovulated which may or may not result in pregnancy. If you do not take your pills correctly, you are much more likely to have an ovulation. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how ovulation during birth control work?

Most block ovulation: One of the mechanisms of action of hormonal contraceptives (pills, injections, patches, subdermal implants, vaginal rings...) is to block ovulation. Intrauterine contraceptive devices containing copper do not affect ovulation. ...Read more

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Is ovulation / fertility at its peak after birth control?

Is ovulation / fertility at its peak after birth control?

No: Being on birth control does not change - improve or worsen - your fertility. No peak. Birth control pills are sometime used in fertility treatments, largely for scheduling. Good wishes. ...Read more

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Do you still get ovulation pain when you first start birth control?

It shouldn't be: Ovulatory pain. You can still get menstrual cramping, but these should be less and typically menses are lighter. You should not get ovulatory pain "mittelschmirtz" or pain mid-cycle with egg release if on "birth control" you mean ocp. Birth control pills suppress ovulation. You may have pains for other reasons that you need to discuss with your dr. ...Read more

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Is it possible to ovulate and conceive the month after stopping birth control?

Is it possible to ovulate and conceive the month after stopping birth control?

ABSOLUTELY: That can happen, if you are worried and do not want to be preg u can do the morning after pill, the common otc ones can be taken up to 72 hrs after intercourse. ...Read more

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Can you ovulate if you miss your birth control twice (early then during ovulation)?

Can you ovulate if you miss your birth control twice (early then during ovulation)?

Yes: The pill works by providing a constant level of hormones in the blood that keep ovulation from happening during the cycle. Any time that hormone level drops, ovulation can occur. Some are more sensitive than others. A backup BC plan should be used anytime this happens. ...Read more

Dr. Adam Lewis
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Birth Control (Definition)

Also known as contraception, birth control is a method to prevent pregnancy. Some methods of birth control include a vasectomy, tubal ligation, oral contraceptive pills, vaginal rings, hormone injections, condoms, diaphragms, sponges, ...Read more


Dr. Philip Chenette
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Ovulation (Definition)

Ovulation is the act of the ovary releasing the egg after it has been hormonally prepared, to be ...Read more