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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. Krishna Kumar
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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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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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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 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

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Clear and stretchy like vaginal discharge. On birth control pills. Could this be ovulation, and could I get pregnant from unprotected sex?

Clear and stretchy like vaginal discharge. On birth control pills. Could this be ovulation, and could I get pregnant from unprotected sex?

Birth control pills: Birth control pills are 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. They primarily work by inhibiting ovulation. Clear stretchy vaginal discharge you are experiencing is not due to ovulation. As you are not ovulating your cannot get pregnant from sex without a condom. More about how birth control pills work: http://goaskalice.columbia.edu/answered-questions/how-do-birth-control-pills-work ...Read more

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What do birth control pills do for my ovulation?

What do birth control pills do for my ovulation?

Suppress ovulation: Birth control pills have hormones in them that are designed to prevent ovulation (egg release) each month. ...Read more

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Can you ovulate on the 7th day of your inactive birth control pills?

Can you ovulate on the 7th day of your inactive birth control pills?

No: If you are taking them correctly and not missing days, birth control pills will suppress ovulation all month long, including during the week of inactive pills. Its highly unlikely that you would ovulate on the 7th day of your inactive pills. ...Read more

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How long after stopping birth control pills will woman start ovulating again?

How long after stopping birth control pills will woman start ovulating again?

Quickly: Not only is ovulation frequently not significantly delayed after discontinuing the pill, occasionally ovulation can occur between ending one pack and starting the next pack if one is several days late starting the new pack and is taking a 21 day pill. With 7 days between the standard regimen pills and missing let's say 3 additionally pills before starting next pack, the risk is not insignificant. ...Read more

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I missed one pill on the 5th day of the 1st week, next day i took 2 pills. Is ovulation possible? I am taking birth control pills for more than a year

I missed one pill on the 5th day of the 1st week, next day i took 2 pills. Is ovulation possible? I am taking birth control pills for more than a year

Ovulation: Ovulation is possible if you miss a pill, the more you miss, or the longer the interval between pills the more likely the birth control pills will be ineffective. When this happens we usually recommend using other measures during that cycle such as condoms as an adjunct. Abstinence is best. Good luck :). ...Read more

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When you stop birth control pills can they make u not get a period but still ovulate?

When you stop birth control pills can they make u not get a period but still ovulate?

Possibly: Some patients may not have a period after they stop birth control pills and may have ovulated in the first month. This does not always happen but could occur in some women. ...Read more

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When u are in birth control pills, that means u are ovulating right? Since ur getting a period?

When u are in birth control pills, that means u are ovulating right? Since ur getting a period?

No: The birth control pills override the ovarian function and take control of the hormone levels in your body. The hormones in "the pill" do what your ovaries used to do: they tell the lining of the uterus to thicken, then shed each month (your period is the shed). The levels of hormones in the pill are high enough that they override the ovaries so no ovulation occurs. Happy uterus, happy ovaries! ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if you start birth control pills mid-cycle, during or right after ovulation?

You can start anytim: You are likely to get more irregular bleeding in the first month of taking the pills, if you start mid-cycle, and (of course) you are not protected during the period you describe (b/c if you ovulated, then there is an egg available to be fertilized, so you need the back up method for the first month after starting the pill). Regardless of when you start taking it. ...Read more

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

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. ...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. James Chapman
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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