Top 19 Doctor insights on: Ovulation calendar while on the pill

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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