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Default How does the birth control pill work? - 06-20-2009, 11:32 AM

I have a friend is who very confused about how the birth control pill works, so I just want to confirm.He thinks it works by killing off all fertilized eggs. In other words, he believes pregnancy will always happen, but it will kill the pregnancy. I told him that it is meant to work in the way that it prevents ovulation, therefore preventing an egg from even being released, but he still claims he is right.Who is right, and can anyone provide links?If it is still confusing, he believes that if a woman has sex on the pill, she will become pregnant and the pregnancy will either implant and be killed by the pill, or the fertilized egg will be killed before it can implant in the uterus. Either way, he believes the pill is meant to cause a miscarriage or an abortion.Just to clarify, he is not my boyfriend. I am married. This guy is a friend of ours.
   
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Default 08-11-2010, 05:51 AM

The hormones in birth control pills combine to prevent the body from releasing an egg. Should an egg be released, the progesterone makes it difficult for the egg to travel down the fallopian tube, and also alters the uterine lining to prevent implantation in the unlikely event of fertilization. In addition, progesterone thickens cervical mucus, so that sperm have difficulty navigating. The combination of estrogen and progesterone make pregnancy a challenge, although it can happen.
   
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Birth control pills, or oral contraceptives, contain hormones that suppress ovulation. During ovulation an egg is released from the ovaries, without ovulation there is no egg to be fertilized and pregnancy cannot occur. There are 2 types of birth control pills -- the combined pill and the Minipill. The combined pill contains both estrogen and progestin, while the Minipill contains only progestin.The progestin in the Minipill may prevent ovulation; however it may not do this reliably each month. The Minipill works further by thickening the mucous around the cervix and preventing sperm from entering the uterus. The lining of the uterus is also affected in a way that prevents fertilized eggs from implanting into the wall of the uterus. The Minipill is taken every day. You may not have a period while taking the Minipill, if you do have periods that means you are still ovulating and your risk for pregnancy occuring is greater.
Combination birth control pills come in either 21 or 28-day packs. You take one pill each day at the same time for 21 days. If you have a 21-day pack, you stop taking birth control pills for 7 days at the end of the pack. If you are taking a 28-day pack, you continue taking pills every day, the last 7 non-hormonal pills serve as a reminder to help you remember to take your pill at the same time every day. Your period will occur during the week you take the 7 reminder pills.
   
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Default 10-09-2010, 02:02 PM

Birth control pills, or oral contraceptives, contain hormones that suppress ovulation. During ovulation an egg is released from the ovaries
   
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Default 10-16-2010, 06:57 AM

Hi Everyone....

I got good information with the help of your forum discussion.. Thanks
   
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Default 04-25-2011, 03:43 AM

With the intention of recognizing why there is little chance of conceiving while taking the pill, a brief lesson relating to contraceptives may be required. A birth control pill consists of a combination of the progesterone and estrogen hormones, and it is taken daily. Now, the hormones in this drug act to prevent ovulation from occurring. If a woman does not ovulate, she does not become pregnant. Armed with this information one can appreciate why the chances of getting pregnant are negligible, when this medication is taken regularly, once every day.

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Default 08-02-2011, 09:48 AM

Birth control pills work by chemically stopping a woman's ovulation. The combination of progesterone and estrogen also make it difficult for an egg to attach itself to the uterus wall.
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