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August 3rd, 2012, 12:30 PM
Join Date: Jul 2012
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Hello ladies. I was hoping someone might be able to shed some light on some questions I have regarding bc pills and ovulation.

I'm on loestrin 24 fe and wondering if I am still ovulating? I've heard and read some conflicting things regarding this: bc pills stops you from ovulating all together and the "period" you get at the end of the pack has nothing to do w ovulating, it's just in response to the hormones being taken away for those few days- which is why some women get no period at all. I've also read that if you miss some pills it could cause your body to instantly ovulate. I'm just wondering if anyone has any experience with this? I think I experience o cramps before af is due, and I experience brown spotting and ewcm during my "period" which would lead me to think I'm possibly oing then? I act missed a week of pills last month and my period didn't show this month, so I tested 3 times all bfn, which would make sense if I'm not even ovulating to begin with.

Sorry if this is rambling, just a little alarmed when reading into this and although I'm not actively ttc currently, I intend to be within the next two yrs or so, and I'm hoping the pill isn't going to mess me up. Thanks for any insights
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August 3rd, 2012, 01:18 PM
ShawnaCAN's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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This BC pill isn't meant to suppress ovulation all the time. It works by ensuring that the lining of your uterus is too thin for implantation if you happen to ovulate and conceive. Breakthrough ovulation may not happen every "cycle" and there really isn't any way to know when it does, because the synthetic hormones interfere with the signs of fertility that would be telling you when it's happening. The bleed which is produced by the Pill is not necessarily a true menstruation, it's a manufactured withdrawal bleed.

Missing pills can cause all sorts of hormonal confusion, so your body may not know quite what to do - whether to ovulate or bleed or what.
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August 4th, 2012, 09:06 PM
Missa_Mae's Avatar First Time Mommy!
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Yes, the Birth Control Pill uses combined hormones to supress ovulation, and if ovulation does happen to occur, BCP thin the uterine lining to where it wouldn't properly host a fertilzed egg. However, there have been instances where women did get pregnat & have a proper pregnancy on the pill.

When I was on the pill I would get TONS of EWCM and sometimes I'd get what felt like "O" cramping ... but for the 10 years I was on the pill I never got pregnant & I missed pills or stopped the pack early to get my period early (if we were going on vacation say)

I stopped my pill in May, had AF twice and just recently (like yesterday) found out I was pregnant! They say once you stop the pill it's generally recommended to wait a few cycles to 1. regain normalcy and 2. let the uterine lining thicken back up, Folic Acid can help the uterine lining thicken
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