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Old Mar 4th, 2011, 03:16 AM   1
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This might sound stupid but.....


.... when you are on the BCP do you still ovulate and release an egg?

I was wondering last night when I was thinking about my cycles and age and the loss of eggs (AF is here so always makes me worry about these things) and I wasn't sure of the answer!

I was on the BCP for 15 years so was wondering if in those 15 years I was saving my eggs by being on the BCP or if they were still being released!

Sorry like I said perhaps a stupid question but it was something I wasn't sure off

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Old Mar 4th, 2011, 03:22 AM   2
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Hi Twag

Doesnt sound stupid at all- it's something I used to wonder...

BCP's usually work by a number of means; preventing the maturation and release of an egg, changing the lining of the uterus so a fertilized egg won't implant, and thickening the CM which makes it hard for sperm to get in...

Although of course this sometimes doesn't always happen and people do get pregnant...

So no, stricktly speaking you shouldn't ovulate...

But...not sure what that means with regards to 'saving up your eggs'...hmmmm interesting concept...

Although if this is the case, there's still the issue of egg quality which is a big factor when TTC at an older age (I think more so than number)



 
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Old Mar 4th, 2011, 03:22 AM   3
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It depends what type of pil lyou are on, from what i was told by the Nurse when i went back on the pill after having DD some prevent Ov where as others dont they just make it harder for implantation to accure, just found a bit of info for you:

http://www.epigee.org/guide/pill.html



 
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Old Mar 4th, 2011, 03:25 AM   4
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It depends what type of pil lyou are on, from what i was told by the Nurse when i went back on the pill after having DD some prevent Ov where as others dont they just make it harder for implantation to accure, just found a bit of info for you:

http://www.epigee.org/guide/pill.html
I think most (?all) pills will do all...



 
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Old Mar 4th, 2011, 03:31 AM   5
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So no, stricktly speaking you shouldn't ovulate...

But...not sure what that means with regards to 'saving up your eggs'...hmmmm interesting concept...

Although if this is the case, there's still the issue of egg quality which is a big factor when TTC at an older age (I think more so than number)
Wasn't necessarily meaning saving them up just not releasing them as such so still there!?!

Hmm didn't think of them degenerating all this really worries me



 
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Old Mar 4th, 2011, 03:33 AM   6
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It depends what type of pil lyou are on, from what i was told by the Nurse when i went back on the pill after having DD some prevent Ov where as others dont they just make it harder for implantation to accure, just found a bit of info for you:

http://www.epigee.org/guide/pill.html
Interesting thank you



 
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Old Mar 4th, 2011, 03:36 AM   7
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Oh ok i was just going by what my nurse told me; the mini pill its not guaranteed to stop ovulation, so it thought i would mention it just in case that was the pill Twag was on

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How Progestin-Only Oral Contraceptives Work

Progestin is a female hormone that can inhibit ovulation, so no egg means that the male sperm cannot fertilize it. These women will usually stop having periods altogether. However, many women taking the mini-pill will continue to ovulate every month (about half), and in these cases changes to the lining of the uterus will prevent the implantation of an embryo. The progestin may also cause a thickening of cervical mucus, making it harder for sperm to reach the egg. This effect on cervical mucus, however, starts to drop off sharply if a woman is only a few hours late in taking her next pill, thus it is critical that pills be taken at the same time every day.


Twag try not to worry yourself too much, i know its easier said than done



 
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Old Mar 4th, 2011, 03:40 AM   8
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I was on the mini pill for a long time actually probably 10 years and then had a year break whilst single and then was on the combination pill for the past 5 years

I try not to worry but like you said easier said than done

thank you for answering x



 
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Old Mar 5th, 2011, 18:09 PM   9
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I would just like to throw something in here..

I fell pregnant while on the pill. The one I was on was called Levlen ED, I didn't miss any in that month, I wasn't taking any other medication - nothing that would prevent it from working in that month.
There are ALOT of women all over the world who have fallen pg on the pill, some were on the mini pill, some on the regular pill - but for whatever reason it failed and resulted in pregnancy.
You can never know how your hormones, your body's electrical systems and/or many other chemical reactions happening inside your body can effect the workings of the pill!

In saying that, I never had an issue with the pill before then and I was on it for 5 years before falling pg. I'm not longer on it now because I simply don't trust it anymore lol

Everyones body reacts differently to everything.



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Old Mar 6th, 2011, 12:40 PM   10
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wasnt stupid question at all i wondered that myself, i worry about all those eggs goin to waste



 
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