Ovulation Period On Birth Control

Lisa asks…

Birth Control equals less Periods?

Does that mean the eggs you would have released during ovulation will stay inside and you’ll have more when you’re ready for a baby?
Also, do you need birth control for any other purpose besides regulating periods and helping against pregnancy?
answer the rest of the question!

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Yes, if you want it to. But first I will ‘answer the rest of the question”.

The way ovulation works is an egg reaches maturity, is released, and then stays in the fallopian tubes until it is shed out with the rest of the lining in the monthly period. Unless of course, pregnancy occurs. With birth control, that mature egg just isn’t released. Since it reached maturity, it has to go somehow. So it basically just dies in the ovaries, and is reabsorbed back into the body as basic proteins. So no, they’re not saved for later because they’re not released. Birth control, however, does not have a noticeable negative impact on fertility later in life despite the fact that the eggs aren’t being saved. Untreated STD’s are the biggest thing that hurt fertility later in life.

Check this out for more information on that.


Birth control is rarely actually medically “needed’. Envoid, the first birth control pill, was the very first prescription medication that went on the market in the 1960′s that was meant for people without medical conditions. It can be used to treat some conditions like PMDD, or Anemia caused by heavy menstruation, but as far as birth control goes, it’s usually if you want to be on it you can, if you don’t want to, you don’t have to. But I would argue any sexually active women who don’t have a problem with it, and aren’t ready to be mothers need it, because it’s the best reversible protection out there from pregnancy. That’s why it’s important to fund places like Planned Parenthood, because there are people who really do need it because pregnancy would be devastating. But it can be used to treat other disorders if a doctor thinks so since has a lot of side effects than can be beneficial for women.

One of those can be skipping periods if a women has a really miserable time with them, or just doesn’t like the inconvenience. There is no medical need for a period on birth control.

This explains why.


You can get birth control that is extended regimen, meaning they’re designed to only have a period every other month, or every three months, or ever not at all. Like seasonique for example. Or you can use regular pills and skip the placebo month, without taking away from it’s effectiveness. This works a lot better with monophasic pills though (all pills in the month have the exact same hormone content).

This explains how. It goes over triphasic pills too, but like I said monophasic brand still work best.


But if you don’t want to skip periods, you can just use a brand that has a placebo week (hormone free week) and have a monthly period. They’re usually lighter and easier to deal with, as well as very regular and easy to predict. I still have monthly periods on my pill because I like the monthly confirmation of not being pregnant. As you’ll still not shed the lining of your uterus (have a withdrawal bleed or fake period) if you’re pregnant when on birth control.

Hope this helps. Good luck.

Carol asks…

Period and birth control?

02 march – period started / 07 march – period ended.
11 marchHad unprotected sex & took postinor 2.
17 march – bleeding / period started
21 march – period ended.
My period haven’t come since 21 march.
Took pregnancy test it’s all negative
06 may – took birth control pill for the 1st time. Never had it before.
12 may – period
Should I continue with the pills until finish or stop it awhile until my period gone and continue again …

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Firstly – you don’t get your period while using hormonal birth control, the whole way in which it works is to stop ovulation and suppress your menstrual cycle. The bleeding you get while on the pill is withdrawal bleeding, due to using emergency contraception your cycles were messed-up and now your body is taking time to adjust – you will see a regular pattern of bleeding within the next three months.

Continue taking the pills, irregular bleeding is normal when first using the pill.

Helen asks…

birth control, ovulation?

im on a birth control pill for over a year, my boyfriend and i had sex a few days after my last period and im worried it was during my ovulation. we didn’t wear a condom but he told me he did not finish inside me, should i be worried?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Even on birth control, pregnancy is possible when sex is unprotected and coming up to ovulation day.

You can be worried/concerned, but honestly it will not help your situation. Try and relax, don’t think about it too much, hopefully your birth control pill has done it’s job.

Wait til your period, if it does not arrive, take a test. But remember, stress/worry/anxiety can and will delay your period and cause you undue stress if you not pregnant.

Good Luck.


Not every woman ovulates day 14 or “middle of the cycle”. Every woman is different and not every woman has a text book 28 day cycle and day 14 ovulation. Cycles vary between 25 – 35 days in length, sometimes from 21 and ovulation mostly occurs between day 10 – day 25. It is not as simple as what text books state.
Sex the 4/5 days before your ovulation day after your highest fertile days.

Mandy asks…

Birth Control?

Do Kariva birth control make you ovulate better?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Hormonal birth control like Kariva actually works by suppressing ovulation. You might have lighter periods when on the birth control.

Ruth asks…

birth control and your period?

what does birth control do for your period I know it regualtes it but does it help w/ cramps or pms at all???

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

What Is It?
The birth control pill (also called “the Pill”) is a daily pill that contains hormones to change the way the body works and prevent pregnancy. Hormones are chemical substances that control the functioning of the body’s organs. In this case, the hormones in the Pill control the ovaries and the uterus.

How Does It Work?
Most birth control pills are “combination pills” containing a combination of the hormones estrogen and progesterone to prevent ovulation (the release of an egg during the monthly cycle). A woman cannot get pregnant if she doesn’t ovulate because there is no egg to be fertilized. The Pill also works by thickening the mucus around the cervix, which makes it difficult for sperm to enter the uterus and reach any eggs that may have been released. The hormones in the Pill can also sometimes affect the lining of the uterus, making it difficult for an egg to attach to the wall of the uterus.

Most combination pills come in either a 21-day pack or a 28-day pack. One hormone pill is taken each day at about the same time for 21 days. Depending on your pack, you will either stop taking birth control pills for 7 days (as in the 21-day pack) or you will take a pill that contains no hormones for 7 days (the 28-day pack). A woman has her period when she stops taking the pills that contain hormones. Some women prefer the 28-day pack because it helps them stay in the habit of taking a pill every day.

There is also a type of combination pill that decreases the frequency of a woman’s period by supplying a hormone pill for 12 weeks and then inactive pills for 7 days. This decreases the number of periods to one every 3 months instead of one every month.

Another kind of pill that may change the number of monthly periods is the low-dose progesterone pill, sometimes called the mini-pill. This type of birth control pill differs from the other pills in that it only contains one type of hormone — progesterone — rather than a combination of estrogen and progesterone. It works by changing the cervical mucus and the lining of the uterus, and sometimes by affecting ovulation as well. The mini-pill can be slightly less effective at preventing pregnancy.

The mini-pill is taken every day without a break. A girl who is taking the mini-pill may have no period at all or she may go several months without a period. For the minipill to work, it must be taken at the same time every day, without missing any doses.

Any type of birth control pill works best when it is taken every single day at the same time of day, regardless of whether a girl is going to have sex. This is especially important with progesterone-only pills.

For the first 7 days of taking the Pill, a girl should use an additional form of contraception, such as condoms, to prevent pregnancy. After 7 days, the Pill should work alone to prevent pregnancy. But continuing to use condoms will protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

If pills are skipped or forgotten, a girl is not protected against pregnancy and she will need a backup form of birth control, such as condoms. Or she will need to stop having sex for a while. Do not take a friend’s or relative’s pills.

How Well Does It Work?
Over the course of 1 year, 5 to 8 out of 100 typical couples who rely on the Pill to prevent pregnancy will have an accidental pregnancy. Of course, this is an average figure and the chance of getting pregnant depends on whether you take your birth control pills every day. The Pill is an effective form of birth control, but even missing 1 day increases the chance of getting pregnant.

In general, how well each type of birth control method works depends on a lot of things. These include whether a person has any health conditions or is taking any medications or herbal supplements that might interfere with its use. For example, antibiotics or an herb like St. John’s wort can interfere with the effectiveness of the Pill.

How well a particular method of birth control works also depends on whether the method chosen is convenient — and whether the person remembers to use it correctly all the time.

Protection Against STDs
The birth control pill does not protect against STDs. Couples having sex must always use condoms along with the Pill to protect against STDs.

Abstinence (the decision to not have sex) is the only method that always prevents pregnancy and STDs.

Possible Side Effects
The birth control pill is a safe and effective method of birth control. Most young women who take the Pill have none to very few side effects. The side effects that some women have while on the Pill include:

irregular menstrual bleeding
nausea, weight gain, headaches, dizziness, and breast tenderness
mood changes
blood clots (rare in women under 35 who do not smoke)

Some of these side effects improve over the first 3 months on the Pill. When a girl has side effects, a doctor will sometimes prescribe a different brand of the Pill.

The Pill also has some side effects that most girls are happy about. It usually makes periods much lighter, reduces cramps, and is often prescribed for women who have menstrual problems. Taking the Pill often improves acne, and some doctors prescribe it for this purpose. Birth control pills have also been found to protect against some forms of breast disease, anemia, ovarian cysts, and ovarian and endometrial cancers.

Who Uses It?
Young women who can remember to take a pill each day and who want excellent protection from pregnancy use birth control pills.

Not all women can — or should — use the Pill. In some cases, medical or other conditions make the use of the Pill less effective or more risky. For example, it is not recommended for women who have had blood clots, certain types of cancers, or certain types of migraine headaches. It’s recommended that girls who have had unexplained vaginal bleeding (bleeding that is not during their periods) or who suspect they may be pregnant should talk to their doctor.

Girls who are interested in learning more about different types of birth control, including the Pill, should talk to their doctors or other health professionals.

How Do You Get It?
A doctor or a nurse practitioner must prescribe the Pill. He or she will do a complete physical exam, which may include a pelvic exam. The doctor or nurse will often prescribe 3 months’ worth of pills and explain when to begin taking the Pill and what to do if pills are missed.

The doctor or nurse will usually ask the girl to come back in 3 months to have her blood pressure checked and to see if she is having any problems.

If there are no problems and a girl wants to continue to use the Pill, the doctor or nurse will probably write another prescription for 6 to 12 months. After that, girls who are having sex should get routine exams every 6 months to a year, or as recommended by a doctor.

How Much Does It Cost?
The Pill usually costs between $20 and $50 a month, depending on the type. Many health and family planning clinics (such as Planned Parenthood) sell birth control pills for less. In addition, birth control pills and doctor visits are covered by many health insurance plans.

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