Is birth control supposed to stop ovulation? ….

….If you ovulate while you’re on the pill does that mean its not working?

Great question.

Some methods of birth control stop ovulation. Remember, ovulation is the process in which an egg is released from the ovary.  Methods like the pill, the patch, and the ring, stop ovulation from occurring.  This is how it helps reduce the risk of pregnancy.

It is also important to know that unless you are practicing the natural family planning method, it can be extremely difficult, if not impossible to know when exactly you are ovulating. This means that even if you keep a period calendar, you need to be also keeping track of ovulation by doing things like taking your temperature and checking your cervical mucus daily. This method is often used after consulting a doctor. A doctor would advise you on how to correctly use this method.

When using the pill, it is important to take it every day at the same time.  If someone misses a pill, ovulation can occur, and pregnancy can occur.

Remember, hormonal forms of birth control do not reduce the risk of STIs. Only condoms and dental dams can do this!

If you have any more questions give our Teen Clinic a call at 303-442-5160