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Do you ovulate on birth control pills?

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Written by Jennifer Gray

Jennifer Gray

Jennifer Gray is an award-winning writer with more than five years’ experience covering reproductive topics ranging from birth control to planning pregnancy. She is passionate about providing women with accurate information grounded in science they can use to take charge of their own health - while also dispelling myths that exist within the field of women’s health. She holds a Master of Science from the University of Edinburgh and currently lives in Ireland.

Fact checked by Jack Pearson, Medical Affairs Manager at Natural Cycles

Jack Pearson

Dr. Jack Pearson is a previously HCPC registered Embryologist with a PhD in reproductive medicine. Prior to joining Natural Cycles leading Medical Affairs, he worked for more than 10 years in a clinical setting working at some of the busiest fertility clinics in the UK. Today he spends most of his time working with experts at the world’s leading institutions to carry out important research with the vision to further the field of female health. He earned his PhD from the University of Sheffield specializing in Sperm Metabolism and currently lives in London.

Key takeaways:

  • The combined birth control pill contains synthetic hormones that change how the menstrual cycle works and stop ovulation
  • The progesterone-only pill contains fewer hormones, and some people will still ovulate on this method
  • Emergency birth control works by delaying ovulation and, in some cases, can stop a fertilized egg cell from implanting

Most people won’t ovulate while taking hormonal birth control like the pill. That’s one of the ways it works to prevent pregnancy. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at birth control and how it affects ovulation — plus, we’ll cover how different oral contraceptives, like the morning-after pill and mini pill, impact ovulation too. Read on to learn more.

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