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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

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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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Dr. Walter Husar
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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