Do you release an egg on birth control?

By Zaira Salvador.
Last Update: 07/06/2018

It depends on the type of birth control method used. If you use a hormonal type of contraceptive, then the answer is no: they work by inhibiting ovulation. Birth control pills and other hormonal methods contain synthetic forms of estrogen and progestin, which are used to alter the normal functioning of the cycle in order to prevent ovulation.

Other forms of birth control, such as the copper IUD and condoms, don’t contain hormones, hence their name barrier methods. They work by blocking the pathway of sperm toward the egg.

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 Zaira Salvador
Zaira Salvador
BSc, MSc
Embryologist
Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Technical University of Valencia (UPV). Biotechnology Degree from the National University of Ireland en Galway (NUIG) and embryologist specializing in Assisted Reproduction, with a Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Reproduction from the University of Valencia (UV) and the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI)
License: 3185-CV
Embryologist. Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Technical University of Valencia (UPV). Biotechnology Degree from the National University of Ireland en Galway (NUIG) and embryologist specializing in Assisted Reproduction, with a Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Reproduction from the University of Valencia (UV) and the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI) License: 3185-CV.
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