Pill: am I ovulating?

The pill is still the most widely used contraceptive, but the lack of education about contraception is becoming an increasingly important problem in society. Most girls and women have little knowledge about how the pill works and how it affects the cycle. We explain: how the contraceptive pill works, why you don't ovulate when you take the pill and when you ovulate when you stop taking the pill. In addition, we present trackle as a hormone-free alternative to the pill.

  • What is ovulation?

    So we can explain what the pill does with your cycle, we will briefly explain what happens before and after you ovulate. Your cycle begins on day 1 of your period, this phase is also called the follicular phase. During this time, the follicles mature and your body prepares for a possible pregnancy. The follicular phase ends with ovulation, the most important event in your cycle, after which the luteal phase begins. The best quality mature egg ruptures and travels from the ovary through the fallopian tube to the uterus, where it can be fertilized. If fertilization does not occur, the egg and the lining of the uterus that has accumulated are shed: menstruation occurs and a new cycle begins. Pretty clever circuit, right?

    You can find more information about your cycle here here.

  • What does the pill do to my cycle?

    You've probably heard that the pill tricks your body into thinking you're pregnant, but that's a common misconception. The pill puts your body much more into a permanent luteal phase, that is, the phase in which ovulation is already over. 

    The pill also prevents the lining of the uterus from growing properly. This means that a fertilized egg cannot implant itself. In addition, cervical mucus does not form when taking the pill, since its production depends on an unaffected hormonal balance; therefore, vaginal dryness is a common side effect of the pill. 

    If you take the birth control pill and stop taking it for a week, you will have your "period" during that break. This bleeding has nothing to do with a healthy period, but is a withdrawal bleed that occurs when hormone levels, which were maintained during the pill, suddenly drop.

Will I ovulate while taking the pill?

This question, about whether you will continue to ovulate while on the pill, you may be able to answer for yourself. The answer is very clear: no, you are not ovulating! The prerequisite for this is of course that you take the pill correctly. With the pill you don't have a cycle natural.