Birth Control Pills And Infertility: Is There A Connection?

According to studies, about twenty per cent of women who had been making use of birth control for 7 years could conceive in their first fertile month!

Tavishi Dogra
Written by: Tavishi DograUpdated at: Oct 17, 2019 09:30 IST
Birth Control Pills And Infertility: Is There A Connection?

Will taking birth control pills reduce my probability of getting pregnant later on? Can birth control damage my fertility in any way? These questions without fail surround our minds, even before we have popped a birth control pill. Most hormonal contraceptive choices indeed come with some of the other risks attached to them, but infertility is not one of them. Women who have consumed birth control pills in the past are as likely to get pregnant as who has never made use of hormonal contraceptive pills.

Birth Control and Monthly menstrual Cycle Disparities

  • A woman who do have monthly menstrual disparities, see that by being on the pill regularly and taking it rightly without missing a pill makes their cycle more in sync.
  • Some women may notice that after stopping the medicine, their period may be prolonged by a few days as compared to when they are not on the pill, but this also considered to be healthy.
  • Some females even though they take the pills regularly, can sometimes have an irregular spotting which is not very common and is not a grave side effect. 

Post-Pill Amenorrhea: Not Ovulating Post taking Birth Control

  • Most women on stopping the pill would get a period as expected, and periods may tend to remain normal in sync for most.
  • In some women, a delay of 1 to 3 months after stopping long term contraception may be seen, and this is called as post-pill amenorrhea.
  • If you have not had periods in 2 to 3 months after you have stopped taking a pill, then you must opt for a pregnancy test first.
  • In post-pill amenorrhea, you may not get a period for six months.
  • Birth control pills act by creating an external hormone inducement menstrual cycle.
  • So, the birth control pills help in controlling the irregular menstrual cycles.
  • Even though the cycles are in sync, the taking of the pill will not solve the original cause for the uneven periods. 

Not able to conceive even after stopping Birth Control Pills?

  • You have discontinued taking pills, your cycles have come back to normalcy, but you are still not able to conceive.
  • You may start blaming the birth control pills for your inability to getting pregnant, and you may stay rest assured as this is highly unlikely.
  • There are numerous reasons why you may be struggling to conceive like, for example, your age factors, lifestyle and even stress may be a root cause.
  • You must get yourself checked to improve your likelihoods of pregnancy success further.

However, for couples that are consistent and cautious, they can deliver an efficient way to dodge pregnancy, while not meddling with your hormones.

(Inputs by Dr Anagha Karkhanis - Senior Gynaecologist and Infertility Specialist and Director of Cocoon Fertility)

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