Does the Pregnancy Rate of Women on the Pill Prove That It Doesn’t Prevent Implantation?

By Dr. Jessica Farnsworth, MD July 20, 2011

Pregnancy rates do not prove that the pill does not prevent implantation. Pregnancy rates could be affected by missed pills, by interacting medications, by poor absorption, or by the chance event that a woman had break-through ovulation and conceived and then the baby implanted in the uterus successfully. What we do know is that the pill affects implantation in many cases and usually thins the endometrium. So we know that in some cases implantation is impeded.