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Do you ovulate while on birth control pills?

Do you ovulate while on birth control pills?

You can.: Birth control pills (bcp's) are intended to suppress the ovaries and prevent pregnancy by preventing ovulation. However, nothing is 100%. Failure rates for pregnancy with bcp's can be 1% to 5% depending on the particular pill and on the patient compliance. Skipping pills is the usual cause for failure, but ovulation (and pregnancy) can occur even when the pill is taken properly. ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Birth Control Pills (Definition)

Also known as oral contraceptives, birth control pills are highly effective oral medications that use hormones to prevent pregnancy. There are two main types of birth control pills: one with estrogen and progestin (also known as the combination pill) and one with just progestin. The two main ways they prevent pregnancy are: 1) The hormones thicken the cervical mucous, which keeps sperm from entering the uterus on their way to the egg; and 2) By maintaining a level of hormone in the blood stream that prevents the ...Read more


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Do you definitely ovulate when you have ovulation bleeding? Even if you're on birth control pills?

Do you definitely ovulate when you have ovulation bleeding? Even if you're on birth control pills?

Depends on the pills: Most birth control pills stop ovulation. But some of the milder pills allow ovulation but do not allow implantation. Ovulation is not the same thing as menstruation. ...Read more

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Im on birth control pills (triphasil) and think I ovulate, is this normal?

Im on birth control pills (triphasil) and think I ovulate, is this normal?

No: If you are taking the pill every day at the same time each day, it is unlikely that you are ovulating as the pill suppresses ovulation. ...Read more

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Can you ovulate after taking plan b if you are on birth control pills and take them religiously?

Can you ovulate after taking plan b if you are on birth control pills and take them religiously?

Very unlikely: It is very unlikely that you would get pregnant which is obviously what you are asking taking both Plan B and birth control pills correctly but, if you are taking your pills correctly, there is no reason to take Plan B. It would be better to use condoms and decrease the risk of STDs in addition to increasing the contraceptive effectiveness. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Can plan b cause you to ovulate even if you're on birth control pills because of the decrese in hormones after 120hrs?

Can plan b cause you to ovulate even if you're on birth control pills because of the decrese in hormones after 120hrs?

No: If you are on birth control then there is no reason to be taking Plan B. Plan B is for those who are not on birth control to take after having sex. Using Plan B would not make the birth control pills less effective it is just not necessary to take Plan B when you were already protected in the first place ...Read more

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Hi there, What are the odds of getting pregnant if you have sex 2 days and 1 day before ovulation? I am not on birth control pills.

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What are the odds of getting pregnant if you have sex 2 days and 1 day before ovulation? 
I am not on birth control pills.

Odds: The odds are better than they would be earlier or later in your cycle, as sperm live and are active for 2-3 days. It is also difficult to determine with certainty when you actually ovulate, but around the time of ovulation is when your chances are highest for becoming pregnant. ...Read more

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I'm on birth control pills, and I got off my period about 3 days ago and had sex yesterday. So I shouldn't be ovulating. He came in me. Am I safe? Or?

I'm on birth control pills, and I got off my period about 3 days ago and had sex yesterday. So I shouldn't be ovulating. He came in me. Am I safe? Or?

Yes: If you are taking the pills correctly you have an approx 99% protection rate from pregnancy. The only thing that is 100% is never having sex. Birth control pills offer no protection from STD's. ...Read more

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


Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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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