Ovulation Period On Birth Control

Sandra asks…

When does ovulation occur on birth control pills?

I started my first pack of pills on the first day of my period. When will ovulation occur?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

You don’t ovulate on the pill, that’s one of the 3 ways in which the pill works.

Carol asks…

Can birth control regulate ovulation?

On average women ovulate 14 days after the first day of their last period… So, when taking bill control is your ovulation “cycle” regulated?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

You dont ovulate on BC

Ruth asks…

when does ovulation happen (birth control)?

I missed two days of birth control and it made my period come earlier then expected but i’m scared this will throw everything off. if i take the placebo pills while i’m not on my period will that make ovulation occur. or did it happen when i missed my two pills and the egg already passed through?

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

The whole point of birth control pills is to suppress ovulation. If you didn’t miss any, you wouldn’t ovulate at all.

If you weren’t taking birth control, you are likely to ovulate (likely, not guaranteed) in the middle of your cycle. Cycle days are counted from the first day of your period. Most women ovulate on or around cycle day #14.

If you were taking birth control and were close to the end of the pack and missed a couple, you likely won’t ovulate. I wouldn’t take the chance having intercourse without a backup method though. If you were early in the pack, you are more likely to ovulate. No intercourse without a backup method until you are at least week into the next pack!

Good luck!

Sandy asks…

Birth Control/Period Question?

I’m currently on Levora birth control and take it regularly. I’ve found that my PMS/Period weeks are quite violent though – I am crampy, bloated, craving food, hot flashing and highly irritable for a full 9 days. Then, on the last pill of my pack, I get my period and it lasts until day 6 or 7 of my next pack – heavy and I cramp through it all.

I’m going to see the doctor about this in a few weeks, but I wanted to know – is this a common occurrence or is this just my body reacting poorly to the birth control pills?

I’ve never once skipped a pill, and I’ve been on pills between and after two planned pregnancies. This specific issue has been going on for about 6 months, but I just haven’t had the time or energy to see my OBGYN for a new prescript (she requires a check up each time I get a new prescription, even if it’s before the yearly appointment). Before pills, I was your regular girl – 30 day cycle, very mild PMS, etc. Unfortunately, going off the pill just isn’t the option right now as my husband and I are very fertile – condoms are fine, but I get nervous using them as the only barrier.

*I do know that it’s a stimulated period, not a true period as a true period requires ovulation.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

Some people have bad side effects to birth control while others have none. It can be as easy as switching brands. Talk to your doctor and try switching brands. Give the new brand 3 months and if you are still having negative side effects you can try a different brand.

Susan asks…

If the birth control pill stops ovulation, why do girls still have a period?

My girlfriend is on the pill. She started it about 4 months ago ish. I don’t understand, if the pill stops the releasing of an egg (so that pregnancy is highly unlikely), why does she still have a “light” period each month, and why is it irregular? She says she doesnt even really bleed, but she still feels cramps a little along with breast tenderness.

We use condoms and obviously birth control. We have sex probably once, maybe twice a week. A few weeks ago, after having sex, she was still turned on. I didn’t have a condom on, but I put it inside her for probably 5-10 seconds, didn’t ejaculate, just went in. We’re now worried about pregnancy. She’s pretty good about taking her pill every night at the same time, give or take a half hour usually. Thanks in advance for your help.

Pregnancy Advisor’s answers:

The birth control pill prevents ovulation, but it doesn’t prevent a period. What triggers a period (the sheedding of the uterine lining after conception has failed to take place) is the crash in progesterone levels. The birth control pill consists of 3 weeks worth of hormone pills that are either exculsively progesterone pills or estrogen/progesterone combination (that work to prevent pregnancy) and one week of “sugar” pills. The crash in progesterone levels (when she starts the “sugar” pills) is what triggers the onset of menses, even in a natural cycle.

If she is on birth control and is taking is properly, your chances of pregnancy are very low.

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