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Miss S
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many doctors told me ..that there is a way to know when im ovulating and it's by checking my cervical mucus ..by pulling out some of it from my cervix by a clean finger of course..and if you know on the day of ovulation it wil be clear and stretchy and egg white..so based on my calendar (though im on birthcontrol) but im freak and I wanted to check if my pills are really stopping ovulation..so yesterday and today I checked my mucus and its dry and sticky which means as ive heard no fertile ..but today was supposed to be my ovulation day..so through these information do you think that my pill yamin really stopped my ovulation?

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Heather
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Your pill is designed to do that, so unless you're not taking it properly, you can be sure it does.

There isn't any "supposed to" with what day someone ovulates. Calendars that tell you that without asking for information about patterns of cervical mucus or basal temperatures can only guess: they're just not accurate.

That's something we can find out -- per knowing around when it usually happens -- by charting cervical mucus over time (as in, at least for a few months), when we DO ovulate, not when we don't, like when using a hormonal method of birth control.

So, while you're using this pill, you're really not going to be able to figure this out, save NOT seeing ovulation signs over months, like you didn't see them the last few days.

For more, see:
• Get With the Flow: All About FAM
• http://www.scarleteen.com/blog/heather_corinna/2009/09/17/its_smart_to_chart

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So if im taking my pills on time every day...never skipped and so...and if im on the pill and was suplosed to be ovulating but im not...that means my pill is working properly??? Anf one more question is it okay if I started my sexond pack a day early?

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Robin Lee
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Hi Miss S,

Yes, it's fine that you started your second pack a day early. However, in general you'll want to start it on the day you're supposed to, as that is what is known right now to be most ideal for a person's body. This isn't about the pill's effectiveness but rather about what pattern of pill-taking has been studied and found to work well for people's bodies.

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Okay robin...but it wont reduce the pill's effectiveness ...I mean its not like I took the first pill a day late right?

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You got it.

It's important to start the new pack on time, but it's not going to affect the effectiveness that you started it a day early.

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I started having some nausea followed by a loose stool and still having nausea so I took motilium(domperidone) that would ease nausea would that interfere with my birthcontrol?
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Have you sat down with the patient information insert that comes with each pack of your pills yet?

If not, I strongly suggest doing that: it can give you all the information there is that you need to know about your birth control. That's just an important part of managing our own health that all of us need to be doing, with any medication.

When it comes to which medications may or may not interact, you can refer to the list we keep here: Combined Oral Contraceptives (The Pill)

And then, for anything not on there, or which you have extra questions about, call into the pharmacy where you get your BC prescription filled and ask the pharmacist. Pharmacies have access to big databases which allow them to easily tell you which medications may or may not interfere with any other medication, including methods of birth control.

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