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Does Birth Control Really Help?

Does Birth Control Really Help?

Does birth control really help regulate periods? I know that it helps regulate the shedding of your lining, but how can it help regulate your ovulation? I've always been confused about this as birth control stops ovulation. If it's not going to help me much I'd like to just get off the pill and try other methods. Any advice or insight would be helpful!!

A myPCOSteam Member said:

The pill works by stopping your ovulation so there's no egg for the sperm to fertilize. It regulates the shedding of the lining.. but that's it.

posted almost 6 years ago
A myPCOSteam Member said:

Good question, i have never took birth control by itself, i always took it with another drug (meaning metformin) so with them two together it helps my cycle and helps me ovulate.

posted almost 6 years ago
A myPCOSteam Member said:

If you are not ovulating correctly and instead produce follicular cysts like I do, suppressing ovulation with birth control, helps clear up the existing cysts and reduce your chances of getting new cysts in the future; move over, as previously stated, birth control helps reduce your risk of ovarian cancer. I have been on the bill, a generic version of Yasmine, for several years now and am happy with the way it regulates my periods. I am so glad not to have 23 day periods, no period for 6-7 weeks, pain/cramping, and so on.

posted almost 6 years ago
A myPCOSteam Member said:

My obgyn just explained this to me. It will regulate hormones and cycle length, but prevents ovulation. If ttc and not ovulating naturally, they use birth control so you can be on a steady cycle then prescribe clomid to induce ovulation. The two work together in that case.

posted almost 6 years ago
A myPCOSteam Member said:

It can regulate periods but depending how long you have been on it I may suggest to your doctor to take you off and see if you maintain a steady period then if not have him prescribe Provera and if that doesn't work try Provera+(Clomid or Letrozole) that's what we have done so far I have found out I have healthy ovaries and I just started by myself this month and I have a 25% chance each month which actually goes up by the month so that by the 24th month I have a 99% chance as would any healthy woman trying to conceive!!! Also are you seeing a specialist or OB bc I would ask to be referred to a specialist if your ins will pay!!!!

posted almost 6 years ago
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