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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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On birth control and have a clear thick and stretchy discharge streaked with white? Does this mean that my birth control isn't working? Ovulation?

On birth control and have a clear thick and stretchy discharge streaked with white? Does this mean that my birth control isn't working? Ovulation?

It's working: As long as you're taking your birth control pills correctly, then you should assume it's working. Your discharge can change even on birth control pills. And even if you ovulate, the birth control pills work in other ways. They can also thicken the cervical mucus and prevent sperm from penetrating. Having said that, every method has a small failure rate. ...Read more

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This will sound odd but can I take ovulation test to see if my birth control shot is working? I shouldn´t be ovulating so the test´ll come negative?

This will sound odd but can I take ovulation test to see if my birth control shot is working? I shouldn´t be ovulating so the test´ll come negative?

It will not help: If you are on depoprovera (the birth control shot), urine ovulation tests will be useless. Since you are likely not having menses, there is no way to know when to test for the lh surge (which is what ovulation kits do). A negative ovulation test will not tell you anything useful. ...Read more

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If you don't ovulate on birth control then why do you have your period?

If you don't ovulate on birth control then why do you have your period?

Good question!: The pill inhibits ovulation but the hormones in the pills mimic some of the hormonal changes that occur during a normal menstrual cycle causing the build up and then shedding of the uterine lining. ...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?

You probably dont: 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

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


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