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So, what happens to the eggs if you don't ovulate?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
I'm getting a picture of a backlog of eggs piling up inside me while I take birth control pills. What happens to these eggs if we don't ovulate? Body absorbs them? They rot? They hang around and wait until you quit taking birth control...possibly delaying the onset of menopause? (That'd be horrible...am looking forward to menopause.) Or does the pill someone disable the egg and it hitches a ride in the departing period blood?
post #2 of 10
you said it in your first sentance.. you don't ovulate. end of.. no egg.. nothing to worry over. Body thinks it's pregnant so no point 'making' another egg to be released. period only happens when you have a 'gap' week as the body then realises 'oh.. right i'm not pregnant' so lets it all go.. then you tell it that it is again by going back onto the pill.
post #3 of 10
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But....body doesn't make eggs....we are born with all the eggs we are to have.
post #4 of 10
ok... all your eggs are there when you're born, but they're not all totally finished.



you could think of it like a bunch of grapes- one on either side of your womb... but where the grapes are all teeny tiny little buds and not big ripe fruits yet. if the vine gets all the right conditions (chemical signals, etc) it decides to make one grape ripen every month (you ovulate) then lets it go, then it'll roll off down the tube towards your womb.



thats a really wonky visual but its working for me.



eta: if you take the pill, it'll change the chemicals in your body (like messing with the plant food, if we're using the grape imagery still) which means that your body isn't likely to decide to make that egg ripe, that month.



if you take the pill for years, those eggs just never get a chance to ripen. when you get the menopause they don't go bad, as much as just kinda turn into... raisins? ... ok seriously- when you get the menopause your body just stops sending signals telling those eggs to ripen every month. they just sit there like little buds, (unless you take hormones to tell them to grow into eggs again).
post #5 of 10
i'd be fine if mine were shriveled up raisins.
post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by jenna View Post

i'd be fine if mine were shriveled up raisins.





I feel the same way o_0
post #7 of 10
haha....raisins.
post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 
*mournful look* Will never again enjoy raisins in my cereal.
post #9 of 10
awesome visual with the raisins haha. i had actually never thought about this before...even though birth control is a good idea in theory, i'm not sure i would want all of that going on in my body...
post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by DMZdogs View Post

*mournful look* Will never again enjoy raisins in my cereal.



Just think of them as....



Never mind. I think raisins really have been ruined.
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