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How Does Birth Control Affect Ovulation
Is it normal to continue to have a white sticky discharge while on my birth control?! Does it mean that it isn't stopping my ovulation?!
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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
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
Usually: The first month after stopping pills; some women take 2 or 3 months. Longer than that is possible but uncommon. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If I have already started ovulating and then start up birth control again, will I continue to ovulate?
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