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Do you ovulate when on birth control pills?

Not exactly sure how the pill works. Do you ovulate? And if so does the pill just make a pregnancy not take?? Confused!?!

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Asked by Anonymous at 12:20 PM on Oct. 11, 2008 in Pregnancy

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    otherll idk its a good question ive never taken it before

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:23 PM on Oct. 11, 2008

  • NO they do not stop ovulation: Also you have to ask yourself when does pregnancy start? Does it start at conception when the egg is fertilized (egg and sperm join)? Or does it start at implantation with the fertilized egg implants itself to the uterus wall. If you say conception (fertilized egg) then BC pills MAY NOT stop pregnancy. One of the things BC pills do is: alter the uterine lining so (in the event that an egg is released and fertilized) the egg will likely not be able to implant into the uterine wall. (A fertilized egg would then be discharged with the rest of the menstrual blood.) source:

    Answer by SAHMinIL at 12:27 PM on Oct. 11, 2008

  • The combination birth control pill prevents ovulation most of the time (well over 90%), in most women. The mini-pill prevents ovulation far less often, only about 40 - 60 % of the time. For the rest, both change the cervical mucus so it's harder for the sperm to get to the egg if it is there, and affect the uterine lining so it is slightly more difficult for the fertilized egg to implant. But you have to realize, that a fertilized egg only has 25% chance of implanting anyways, even if everything is going for it, and that a variety of foods and OTC medications can interfere just as much or more. Ibuprofen and other NSAID's are particularly bad. If you're trying to get pregnant, don't use Advil for your headaches, because you'll be working against yourself.

    Answer by tyrelsmom at 2:11 PM on Oct. 11, 2008

  • I think most would agree this is a fundamental difference between something happening 'naturally' vs. something happening because of taking man-made chemicals whose direct purpose it to alter the lining of the uterus.

    Answer by SAHMinIL at 2:40 PM on Oct. 11, 2008

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