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Blondie2Shoes
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i have a question about birth control...if its not working that means you can get pregnant basically any of the 3 weeks. thats whats confusing to me. i have been on it for a while, but id like to learn more about it and what it does to your body, and if it wasnt working is there an specific time that you would ovulate. any help would help. thanks
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ErinK
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Basically, the pill works like this:
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Birth control pills fool the body into acting as if it's pregnant. Birth control pills, also called oral contraceptives (OCs), come in two forms: the combined OC, a
combination of two synthetic hormones, estrogen and progestin; and, the minipill, which consists solely of progestin. Combined OCs are more commonly used,
though both kinds are available through health care providers. The combination pill prevents ovulation by suppressing the natural hormones in the body that would stimulate the ovary to release an egg. By taking this estrogen throughout the month, you insure that no egg will be developed or released for that cycle. Progestin thickens the cervical mucus, hindering the movement of sperm. Progestin also prevents the uterus's lining from developing normally; so, if an egg were fertilized, implantation is unlikely.
(From Go Ask Alice: http://www.goaskalice.columbia.edu/0663.html)

Here's some additional information from Planned Parenthood about how the Pill works: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/bc/bcfacts9.html

YOu also might want to ask the person who prescribed you the pill to explain more about how your particular formulation works.

If your pill "stopped working" (which could happen if you were skipping pills, taking them at the wrong time, or taking medications that interfered with the Pill's effectiveness), then there's really no prediction of when you would ovulate.

This is why it's good to combine the Pill with another method of birth control such as a condom -- condoms also provide protection against STDs and are effective in preventing pregnancy.


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