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Do women ovulate on the pill?

Do women ovulate on the pill?

They don't.: The pill suppresses ovulation. When one is on the pill, their body receives a 'higher than normal' amount of estrogen (from the pills), and this acts as a negative feedback signal to stop the body from producing and releasing eggs (ovulation). ...Read more

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Ovulation (Definition)

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When do you ovulate while on the pill?

When do you ovulate while on the pill?

You don't: One of the main ways combined OC estrogen/ progestin pills work is by stopping ovulation. Low-dose estrogen pills and mini-pills do sometimes allow ovulation; if this happens it's usually around the usual time. ...Read more

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How come i sometimes ovulate on the pill?

How come i sometimes ovulate on the pill?

You shouldn't be..: A lot of women say that they still feel ovulation occurring while they are on the pill, but if they are taking the pill on time/regularly/not missing pills - they are not ovulating. They may be experiencing some mild pain from something else (gi source, musculoskeletal source, etc). But ovulation shouldn't/doesn't occur in women who take their pills regularly. ...Read more

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How common is it to have ovulation symptoms while on the pill?

It can be: Ovulation is not common on combined ocp, but it does happen sometimes. Symptoms wouldn't be worrisome either way. ...Read more

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I'm on the pill, yet i spotted during ovulation. Is that normal?

No ovulation : One does not ovulate while on birth control. In fact that is the exact purpose of birth control -- to prevent ovulation. Breakthrough bleeding (bleeding at the wrong time) is very common on birth control. It happens in about 1/3 of users. Its no big deal and usually self corrects over time. If you are not satisfied or it continues to happen then consider using a different birth control method. ...Read more

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Are you supposed to still experience ovulation symptoms if you are on the pill?

Are you supposed to still experience ovulation symptoms if you are on the pill?

Sort of: You might experience symptoms 'like' ovulation, but over 90% of the time you will not be ovulating on a combined ocp. ...Read more

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What exactly is different with ovulation on the pill? Like do you not ovulate at all?

What exactly is different with ovulation on the pill?  Like do you not ovulate at all?

Often does not occur: Most birth control pills, when taken on schedule, do prevent ovulation. Even if ovulation occurs conception may still be prevented as the hormones in the pill thicken the cervical mucus, preventing entry of sperm into the uterus. They can also change the lining and motility of the fallopian tubes such that the egg is not transported to the uterus. ...Read more

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Is it possible to ovulate when on the pill and not missed any doses?

Is it possible to ovulate when on the pill and not missed any doses?

Yes: The pill is about 99% effective in preventing pregnancy when used precisely according to instructions, but it is not completely bulletproof. All birth control methods (other than hysterectomy) have an associated small % risk of failure with subsequent conception. So the bottom line is - yes - it is possible to ovulate while on the pill. Go see your gynecologist; if pregnant, pill exposure is ok. ...Read more

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