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gmhomey123
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So the other day I asked a question that related to the efficacy of my birth control pill (levlen ed) and was told it cannot stop working out of the blue. I was satisfied with that answer, but after doing further research I came across something called break through ovulation... Apparently people who are on a low dose of birth control pill like myself, can experience ovulation even if they are considered as perfect users. I was just wondering if this is a myth? Because it makes me worried that I get symptoms of ovulation and I take my pill perfectly. Thank you for the help
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Karybu
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No method of hormonal birth control is 100% effective, so it is still possible, even if you're a perfect user, for ovulation to happen on the pill. Is it common? Absolutely not. Plus, you have to remember that preventing ovulation is only one of the ways the combination pill works: it also thins out the uterine lining and thickens cervical mucus to keep sperm from reaching an egg (if there is one) at all. The other thing to keep in mind is that anymore, basically all pills are low-dose, compared to the original formulations, the difference in the amount of hormones in "low-dose" and "high-dose" pills is tiny, and there's no difference in effectiveness.

If you're taking the pill as directed, then there's very little chance of you ovulating. You can always back up with another method like condoms though, if that's something that would make you feel more comfortable about your level of protection.

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gmhomey123
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Thank you that explained it a bit more without all of the crazy internet sites claiming im probably going to get pregnant 90% of the time. I do believe that I have break through ovulation, even though it isnt common my signs and symptoms are consistent. Should I bother moving up to a higher dose? Also if I back it up with condoms every time will me chances of not conceiving still be fairly effective?

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Karybu
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Can I ask why you think you're ovulating? Were you tracking your cycles before starting the pill and you're having the same indications now that you're still ovulating every month? (If you'd like to move up to a higher dose for any reason, the person to talk to about that is your doctor.)

The combined pill and condoms together is very effective at preventing pregnancy. You can have a look at how effective different combinations of methods are here: The Buddy System: Effectiveness Rates for Backing Up Your Birth Control With a Second Method


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Ok well I will speak to my doctor.

Well I think I am ovulating because I have consistent specific symptoms that are associated with ovulation and are very similar to my cycles pre-pill. As well, a couple of months ago I had an ovarian cyst - which apparently doesn't happen if you don't ovulate :/

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Heather
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Just FYI, that's not at all true about ovarian cysts.

Post-menopausal women -- who no longer ovulate -- get them too, just somewhat less frequently than women who have not gone through menopause.

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