Does Birth Control affect Your Fertility in the Long Run?

Many women rely on modern birth-control measures for years or even decades at a stretch before they decide to get pregnant. Considering the steadily rising fertility issues, many women suffer from anxiety and stress regarding what will happen if they fail to get pregnant after stopping the contraception. So, the question is - is birth control responsible for hurting a woman’s fertility?

Let’s try unearthing the facts in this blog post.

Dr Hikmat Naoum is a renowned gynaecologist in London, associated with a renowned private clinic at Harley Street that offers the coil fitting service.  Given his wide experience in this matter, he is of the opinion that birth control does not lead anyone to infertility. However, it can mask a fertility problem which existed even before the individual switched to the contraception method preventing a timely treatment.

Birth Control Benefits

Birth control rather protects a woman’s fertility in more than one way. Birth control pills are nothing but a combination of the two hormones – estrogen and progestin. The pills allow your ovary to have a rest so when you do want to get pregnant, it will be much easier.

When you’re on those pills, your body possesses the ideal levels of estrogen and progesterone hormones. As a result, there’s no abnormal buildup along your uterus lining. This helps you prevent a number of fertility-related medical conditions including the following:

  • Polycystic ovary syndrome.
  • Endometriosis.

Importance of early discussion with your doctor about your periods

Many women use birth control not only as contraception but also for other reasons. These include hormonal imbalance, irregular menstrual cycle and more. These factors are more related to one’s fertility problems after one has stopped using the birth control measure than the birth-control itself.

Therefore it is important that you discuss your period in detail with your gynaecologist before starting a birth control measure, suggests the private gynaecologist at Harley Street in London. Based on the information you provide, the doctor is likely to identify any potential problems related to your fertility.

Usually, it is seen that women who had irregular periods before starting a birth control measure continue having irregular periods when they are off it. It is relevant mentioning that the effects of both IUDs and contraceptive implants are easily reversible once you take them out. On the other hand, contraceptive pills and shots (that are commonly called Depo-Provera) may trigger a little delay in the return of your periods. This occurs because the hormones present in the pills and shots remain in your system for longer.  

However, there is an instance where your birth control can seriously affect your fertility. When you forget to use the condom during sex thinking you don’t need it since you’re already on birth control and get infected with an STI. In fact, Gonorrhea and Chlamydia in particular are known to create infertility problems over a period of time if left untreated.

According to doctors at a local coil fitting clinic in London, emergency contraception pills or the morning after pills may also create complications in certain situations. People usually take it after unprotected sex to avoid pregnancy. The pill does not affect your fertility in a big way although it is likely to mess up your periods for the time being and make you think that something is wrong with your fertility while there is nothing wrong.

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