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Etch
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So I was getting my prescription for pills and the doctor said something that i didnt really think about at the time. He said if you take your pills too late that you can end up ovulating which is why you should take them at the same time every day. That makes sense. My question is, if you ovulate by taking your pills late or not at all, then why dont you ovulate when on your placebos?
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Gumdrop Girl
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great question. I lvoe answering these sorts of questions!

when you are on the pill, you artificially elevate certain levels of hormones while suppressing others. During a normal cycle (days 1 thru 14) your levels of estrogen begin to rise. They spike, triggering the release of another hormone called luteinizing hormone. This is the signal that causes ovulation.

Your pill contains a synthetic progesterone. Its role is to suppress estrogen's growth effects -- endometrium thickening and ovulation. when you take your pills, you manage to squelch the events on days 14 and 15 (ovulation and what not). Then you finish out your pack and your hormone levels fall. Think of it this was. You're dirving on a freeway, and there's an exit for ovulation, but when you're on the pill, you drive past that exit. it's kinda like that.

Progesterone keeps your uterus from shedding its lining. When you take placebos, progesterone falls and your start your period.

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