If some contraceptives stop your period, what happens to the egg?


Can your uterus just keep it to use later in life? Would you never go through menopause?

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Nursing student here.
You still ovulate and lose the egg (this is when your vaginal discharge is super thick all of a sudden during the month), but the lining of your uterus never builds up and, therefore, never sheds (aka your period).

Unfortunately no, you don’t get to keep the eggs that you aren’t ovulating. Basically, your ovaries still select an egg and begin forming a follicle to ovulate the egg, but without the correct hormones the follicle doesn’t mature and finish the process.

You still lose eggs, those eggs just don’t get a chance to be fertilized.

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In typical ovulation, the body recruits “follicles” on each ovary that contain immature eggs (mine has about 25 per month). Body picks one or two to be the dominate follicle and release a mature egg.

On certain types of contraception pills,like those with progesterone or estrogen, body still recruits follicles but no egg is released. On birth control your body still recruits follicles but doesn’t release an egg. They just kinda…get absorbed? Progesterone makes your body think it’s pregnant and no egg gets released. A drop in progesterone induced a period, so stopping the pill for a week has you get a “period” but it’s technically a withdraw bleed.

I only know this after years of infertility lol. Wish they taught me this in sex ed!

My semi educated guess is Ovarian Follice Atresia, which is the break down of ovarian follicles over time. It’s the process that occurs in people with ovaries that causes them to lose the majority of their eggs before puberty. So ovulation isn’t the only, or even main way that eggs are lost.

>Would you never go through menopause?

Menopause does not occur due to the ovary running out of eggs. If this were the case, women who have had lots of pregnancies over their lifetime would not go through menopause, because women do not ovulate when they are pregnant. It happens because of a decrease in the ovaries’ production of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. This process occurs naturally as a consequence of aging, although some lifestyle factors (such as smoking) may increase the rate of decline. With insufficient hormones, egg development does not proceed and menstruation declines, eventually stopping.

A woman, at birth, has 3 000 000 eggs. By the first menstrual cycle, 400 000 eggs.

Each cycle tries to release one per cycle (although it might accidentally release more, which is where fraternal twins/triplets/etc come from). You won’t need to worry about the eggs you lose during such aborted cycles anyway, it’s such a tiny number in comparison to the ones that simply die from age that it’s effectively negligible.


Menopause happens from horomone deficiencies, inevitably from age. It doesn’t have to do with the number of eggs you have left or the number of ‘full’ periods you have – the processes for the period simply doesn’t happen anymore.