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This is How Birth

Control Pills Use Affects (Not)

Your Fertility

Birth control pills and fertility are unrelated

There is no link between birth control pills and fertility.

Contrary to popular belief, birth control pills have no negative impact on fertility. Approved by the FDA in 1960, the birth control pill – commonly referred to as “the pill” – has been the subject of many rumors. Not only does the pill not cause infertility but it also has many reproductive benefits.

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How does the pill work?

The pill works through the combination of hormones estrogen and progesterone. Together, they work to prevent ovulation (the release of eggs from the ovaries). These hormones also change 1) the lining of the uterus to prevent pregnancy from developing; and 2) the mucus at the cervix (opening of the uterus) to prevent sperm (male reproductive cells) from entering.

There are common misconceptions about the pill

It is safe to become pregnant almost immediately after stopping the pill. It is a common misconception that one must “flush out” birth control hormones. You may have heard of this in the form of: “wait as long as you were on it.” The pill itself and how long you have been on it, whether it’s been 6 months or 6 years, do not affect your fertility. Taking birth control pills does also not cause miscarriage or birth defects – nor does it make you temporarily infertile. Nevertheless, it is important to keep in mind that when it comes to your fertility, one of the most important factors is your age.

Becoming pregnant after the pill is safe

If and when you are ready to become pregnant, simply stop taking the pill. Regardless of how long you were on the pill, you should resume a normal menstrual cycle within 1-2 months. If you have irregular cycles 2-3 months after stopping the pill, the issue is not the pill and you should contact your gynecologist for follow-up.

There are benefits from taking the pill

The pill has positive long-term effects: it lowers the risk of pelvic infections that scar the fallopian tubes – a common cause of infertility. Additionally, birth control pills decrease the risk of ovarian and colon cancers. Additionally, the pill is often used to prepare women for egg freezing and infertility treatments like IVF because it helps time the start of your cycle.

About Opionato

Opionato’s mission is to help women have a pregnancy when and how it is desired.

Opionato (www.opionato.com) gives every woman no matter where she lives access anytime from the privacy of her home to instant fertility assessment, ongoing fertility expert chat/advice, and fertility treatment second opinion. By providing the right information and advice at the right time from the right fertility expert, Opionato allows pregnancy to occur when it is wanted and offers cost saving and a peace of mind.

It all stared with one woman’s vision not to have other women go through what she went through and to make available to other women what it was not available to her. Maja’s story can be found here: https://www.opionato.com/blog/what-i-wish-i-knew-my-fertility-journey.

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