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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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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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If you ovulate accidentally while on the pill, will your cervical position change as well?

If you ovulate accidentally while on the pill, will your cervical position change as well?

No: Ovulation while on the pill is not as uncommon as we once thought and does not significantly decrease the effectiveness of the pill. For the longest time we did not know joe often this occurred because it did not have any obvious signs. ...Read more

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If you were to ovulate on the pill how would you know when you would be most fertile. Say you are on a 28 day pack?

If you were to ovulate on the pill how would you know when you would be most fertile. Say you are on a 28 day pack?

Hard to know: I don't believe there have been any studies looking at ovulation times on the pill because it is supposed to prevent ovulation. So to answer your question, the only way to know when you would be most fertile is to know "if" you ovulated and when, by using an ovulation test or measuring your am temperature and watch for a spike in temp. You can't tell in hindsight however. Sorry! ...Read more

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On the pill. Is white discharge normal to experience? Especially during time you would be ovulating? Do you ovulate on the pill?

On the pill. Is white discharge normal to experience? Especially during time you would be ovulating? Do you ovulate on the pill?

Discharge: Remember when you ovulate you have a chance if pregnancy. The whole point of the pill is to alter the hormone levels so the estrogen doe not surge and thus you do not ovulate so in theory no pregnancy. Now not unusual for the body to change the caginal secretions. Most likely this us what you are experiencing especially if no other symtoms. ...Read more

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I was on the pill for 10 yr. Am I ovulating if my cycles are 25-36 days long, and still have regular type of a period with each cycle?

I was on the pill for 10 yr. Am I ovulating if my cycles are 25-36 days long, and still have regular type of a period with each cycle?

Probably 'yes': If your periods are irregular, you are almost certainly ovulating, but not ovulating consistently. It can be very difficult to know when you ovulate with irregular cycles, you may wish to sort this out with a gyn doctor in-office. ...Read more

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Is ovulation pain on the pill possible? Getting discomfort (not exactly pain) around the pelvic area on my left side in the middle of my cycle.

Is ovulation pain on the pill possible? Getting discomfort (not exactly pain) around the pelvic area on my left side in the middle of my cycle.

Yes: Occasionally with the very low dose hormonal birth control pills these days a breakthrough ovulation can potentially occur. Usually thr endometrial lining isn't supportive for a conception though. Make sure you take the birth control pill almost at the same time each day and some antibiotics may decrease the efficacy of the oral contraceptive pill. ...Read more

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I get ewcm (thick clear jelly discharge) while on the combined contraceptive. Is the pill not working and im ovulating while on the pill?

I get ewcm (thick clear jelly discharge) while on the combined contraceptive. Is the pill not working and im ovulating while on the pill?

Not uncommon: Ovulation while on the pill is actually very common. The pill prevents pregnancy more by preventing the uterus from developing an endometrial lining (where your pregnancy attaches). Its contraceptive effect is due to several factors, decreased cervical mucus, thin endometrial lining, preventing ovulation. Cervical mucus can still develop though. ...Read more

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I can tell that I still ovulate on the pill (ovral). I get a low fever (~99.1) & change in discharge. Is this normal and nothing to worry about?

Not diagnostic: Minor temperature fluctuation and discharge do not confirm that you are ovulating, which is not terribly common on the pill. You'd need to talk with your doctor though; if you are ovulating you are at risk to get pregnant. ...Read more

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I'm on birth control, but once or twice a month I notice a big increase in discharge. If I'm not suppose to ovulate on the pill, what causes this?

I'm on birth control, but once or twice a month I notice a big increase in discharge. If I'm not suppose to ovulate on the pill, what causes this?

Need more info: It would help to know your age, GYN history and type of birth control you are using. Please make an appointment with your OB/GYN physician to get to the bottom of this problem. ...Read more

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On birth control Reclipsen, but once or twice a month I notice a big increase in discharge. If I'm not suppose to ovulate on the pill, what causes this?

On birth control Reclipsen, but once or twice a month I notice a big increase in discharge. If I'm not suppose to ovulate on the pill, what causes this?

Various causes: You are correct that one does not ovulate on birth control. Discharge varies for most women. The only way to determine if it is normal physiologic discharge or something abnormal is to have it tested. This is very easy to do for any Obgyn. Schedule a visit and let them test for infection. ...Read more

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Does the birth control pill cause a woman not to ovulate? And if so, why does a woman still have periods while on the pill?

Does the birth control pill cause a woman not to ovulate? And if so, why does a woman still have periods while on the pill?

OC: Correct! Virtually 100% of the time if properly taken at the same time every day. Your body thinks you ovulated since the hormones on the pill are similar hormones to the ones you make but in higher amounts so when you stop them, your body thinks you are not pregnant and bleeds. ...Read more

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Is it possible to ovulate on the pill? Or can you have PMS cramps 2 weeks before your period? Cramps are relieved with OTC pain meds.

Is it possible to ovulate on the pill? Or can you have PMS cramps 2 weeks before your period? Cramps are relieved with OTC pain meds.

Should not: One should not ovulate on the pill. It works by preventing ovulation. If you miss pills then yes one can ovulate and get pregnant. Cramps can be caused by many things other than uterus. Bladder and bowel are common causes. ...Read more

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Had sex while on the birth control pill, 2 days later I got clear stretchy mucus like during ovulation. Can this occur on the pill without ovulating?

Had sex while on the birth control pill, 2 days later I got clear stretchy mucus like during ovulation. Can this occur on the pill without ovulating?

Yes: The pill works to suppress ovulation, modulate the lining of the inside and thicken the cervical mucous. Some women will still occasionally ovulate on the pill. This is probably what happened to explain the clear, stretchy cervical discharge. ...Read more

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2nd month On trilinyah BC pills. I have egg white cervical mucus on the pill. Is there any reason to think my pill isn’t working? Am I ovulating? Worried

Yes: Yes you are ovulating, there are other reasons of discharge, you need to see your obgyn to get the cultures to make sure there is no infection ...Read more

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I was on the pill for about a month & I stopped using it 9/10. I had a period 9/14. My BF & I had sex 6 days straight & my boobs ache. Am I ovulating?

I was on the pill for about a month & I stopped using it 9/10. I had a period 9/14. My BF & I had sex 6 days straight & my boobs ache. Am I ovulating?

May be: If you do not wish to be pregnant, you should take plan B immediately. If you want to get pregnant, you may do a home pregnancy test 4-5 days after missed period. If the result is negative repeat the test 4-5 days later unless you get a period by then. Use first morning urine and follow the instructions for the test carefully.
If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time, every time. You may consider implanted contraceptive, or IUD.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Could I be ovulating on ortho tri cyclen (ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate)? I am having some pain but no ewcm. I have been on the pill 2 weeks today

Not likely: You should not be ovulating on the pill, although if this is just your first month, it still could happen. This is why we usually recommend backup contraception the first month. If the pain continues, however, you may need to get checked. ...Read more

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Can you still experience ovulation discharge while on the pill or any of the ovulation symptoms while on the pill?

Can you still experience ovulation discharge while on the pill or any of the ovulation symptoms while on the pill?

Not usually: The hormones in the pill usually prevent the ovulating cervical mucus but they don't always block ovulation and the symptoms associated with a functional cyst and it's rupture at the time of ovulation can still occur. This is most likely with the triphasic pills and least likely with the ones with more active pills in the pack (24 vs. 21). Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Does clear, stretchy discharge on the pill indicate possible ovulation? (Never late/missed pills) Or is it just regular, normal, everyday discharge?

Does clear, stretchy discharge on the pill indicate possible ovulation? (Never late/missed pills) Or is it just regular, normal, everyday discharge?

No ovulation: If you are on the birth control pill then you are not ovulating. That is the mechanism of action of the birth control pill. If you feel you are having vaginal discharge that is not normal for you then it is best to get it checked out. ...Read more

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If I have breakthrough ovulation while on the pill, what is my chance of pregnancy? (If I have not missed any pills)

If I have breakthrough ovulation while on the pill, what is my chance of pregnancy? (If I have not missed any pills)

Breakthro' bleeding: The chances of pregnancy are "0" if you haven't missed any pills. The bleeding is due to an imbalance of estrogen/progestins (progesterone) in you particular condition. Change to a different pill, after consultation with your gyn. ...Read more

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On the pill. Took ovulation test to make sure. Not ovulating. Monogamous relationship. Both each other's first. Cloudy stretchy very thick discharge.?

On the pill. Took ovulation test to make sure. Not ovulating. Monogamous relationship. Both each other's first. Cloudy stretchy very thick discharge.?

Even if a female: Isn't ovulating that day - pregnancy is possible. Consistent use of oral contraceptives markedly reduces chances for pregnancy. If you are concerned about STD's - condom is the way to go. Can take a home pregnancy test if you miss your period. Take care. ...Read more

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Wife is on the pill (not strict on time, missed pill twice). Had sex and ejaculated inside during ovulation. Is she pregnant?

Wife is on the pill (not strict on time, missed pill twice). Had sex and ejaculated inside during ovulation. Is she pregnant?

Possible: Go to the store and pick up some pregnancy tests. If she misses more than one pill a month, you two need to use a condom ...Read more

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Next egg is due the 27th, am on the pill & use withdrawal unless right after my period; how many days before ovulation should I recommence withdrawal?

Next egg is due the 27th, am on the pill & use withdrawal unless right after my period; how many days before ovulation should I recommence withdrawal?

For Contraception?: Withdrawal is not an effective method of contraception even with the most regular ovulatory cycle. You should discuss your question with your gyn. ...Read more