How do contraceptive drugs affect ovulation?

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Oral contraceptives, also known as birth control pills or simply "the Pill," contain the hormones progestin and estrogen, or sometimes just progestin. The hormones usually stop you from ovulating, or releasing eggs. Without ovulation, there can be no fertilization. However, for some women ovulation may still occur. These contraceptives also prevent any eggs that are released from being fertilized by thickening the mucus in the cervix (thus blocking sperm from fertilizing eggs), and prevent any eggs that are fertilized from attaching to the uterus by thinning the uteral lining. Contraceptive skin patches and vaginal rings work in a similar way.

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