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I had sex without a condom two days into my ovulation period, and the sperm were "still alive" during the most fertile peek. My question is:
Do you REALLY not ovulate while on birth control? If not, how come some women get pregnant?

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You do not ovulate while on birth control, as long as you are using it correctly. That means taking it at the same time every day. So there is no 'safe' or 'unsafe' time in the month where you would be more or less protected, because you are protected the same the whole month.

HBC works by making your body think it's already pregnant. If you are pregnant, you aren't going to ovulate. The withdrawal bleed that you have is because of the drop in hormones.

Some women may get pregnant while using HBc because of improper use. Consistently taking their pill late, or missing days, could cause them to ovulate.


As long as you have been taking your pill correctly for at least one whole month, then you are fully protected, and have no reason to worry about possible pregnancy.

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How do you know if you're ovulating? If you have spotted bleeding?
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Spotting while on birth control can happen for many reasons. Sometimes it can even happen randomly. So unless you are checking your cervical mucus, and your basal temps, there would really be no way to tell.

Do you have reason to think you are ovulating/ovulated this month? Or is it just spotting that you are unsure of?

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I'm not spotting at all, actually. I just used to be very irresponsible with taking my pills in previous months (3-4 hours late and sometimes the next morning, instead of the night I was supposed to take the pill) and wondered if that would make me ovulate. I think I am fine, actually, as I have never officially MISSED any pill but I still do not know if that would have caused me to ovulate for this cycle.
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Well, a missing pill constitutes taking it more than 12 hours late. And you do have a three hour window in which to take the pill without it being considered late.

If you have been taking your pills correctly this cycle, since your last withdrawal bleed, then you are fine. You would not have ovulated.

Are you able to remain consistent with your pill taking? If taking them on time is something that may become difficult again, perhaps it would be useful to talk to your doctor about non daily methods, like the ring or the patch. You would still have the same protection, but you wouldn't have to worry about taking something on time every day.

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I have never had a withdrawal bleed in the two and a half years I've been on the pill. I know my chance is slim to none, but I have the personality type to worry about everything under the sun.

I never used to be consistent due to the fact I was not on the pill for sex, I was on it for potentially having endometriosis. I've been very careful as of late.

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Are you sure you're not having a withdrawal bleed? A withdrawal bleed is the bleeding you get when you're taking the placebo pills at the end of the pill pack (or are on you're week off, if you use a 21 day pack). This is often mistaken as a real period.

If you're so worried about pregnancy risks, you either need to make sure you're using a backup method (ie, condoms) or reevaluate whether or not you're really ready to be having sex.

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Oh, WOOPS! I meant the bleeding that happens when you screw up on your pills! I bleed during my placebos. Do you still bleed if you're pregnant?
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No, if you were pregnant you should miss your withdrawal bleed. Some women have spotting during early pregnancy, but this is very light and not anything like a normal period or withdrawal bleed.
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