Getting Pregnant

Does Your Birth Control Method Let You Ovulate? A Visual Guide.

For some women, it’s important that their birth control method does not suppress ovulation. The natural hormone process that comes with ovulation has all kinds of benefits, affecting everything from your mood to your skin to your long term bone and heart health.

In evaluating various contraceptive methods, it’s not always straightforward which ones suppress your natural hormone cycle and which ones allow ovulation. So we’ve created a handy cheat sheet to help you understand if your birth control method prevents you from ovulating.

You’ll see that for some birth control methods, the answer is “sometimes.” We’ll publish a follow up post to explain why, but in the meantime, just know that for the Mirena IUD, it suppresses ovulation for most women in the first year of use, but does not suppress ovulation for most women in subsequent years.

Lindsay Meisel

Lindsay Meisel is the Head of Content at Ava. She has over a decade of experience writing about science, technology, and health, with a focus on women's health and the menstrual cycle. Her work has been featured on The Fertility Hour, The Birth Hour, The Breakthrough Journal, and The Rumpus.

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