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27 Feb 2004

Ovulation On The Pill
My understanding of the pill as a contraceptive is that it prevents sperm to enter the uterus, prevents ovulation (which means that there is no egg for the sperm to fertilise) and it prevents a fertilised egg to attach itself to the uterus wall. The question, if you take the pill as prescribed and there is no other influence on the effectiveness of the pill, how can you fall pregnent at all? How long do you need to take the pill before it fuctions optimally?
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01 Jan 0001

Occasionally a breakthrough ovulation occurs, resulting in failure of the Pill. The chances of this happening are very low. You should take 7 active pills before you are protected. Antibiotics can interefere with the efficacy of the Pill

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