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How Birth Control Affects Your Future Fertility

Birth Control SymbolAccording to the CDC – almost 65 percent of men between the ages of 15 and 49 use some form of birth control. When these women discontinue birth control, they often wonder what affect it may have had on their fertility now that they are trying to get pregnant. Our Fertility Care Team has put together some helpful fact-checks covering the different birth control products on today’s market and how each may affect a woman’s future fertility.

Birth Control and Future Fertility

Birth control pills contain hormones that prevent pregnancy and – for healthy women – are safe for long term use.

  • Minipill – Contains the hormone progestin and works by thickening cervical mucus and thinning the endometrium (uterine lining). A thick layer of mucus makes it difficult for sperm to fertilize an egg. A thin endometrium prevents the implantation and growth of an embryo.
  • Combination Pill – Contains progestin and estrogen hormones. An egg is prevented from being released into the fallopian tube for fertilization by a sperm. The uterine lining is prevented from shedding.

When a woman decides to cease taking birth control pills – it could take from three to six months before she can conceive.

Other Birth Control Methods

Depo-Provera – An injectable method of hormonal birth control. This method can delay pregnancy for up to two years. This is because the body has to eliminate the hormone that prevents ovulation.

IUD – An invasive method of birth control where a device is inserted into a woman’s uterus. This method can delay pregnancy for up to 12 months after removal of the IUD.

Contraceptive Ring – Also known as the NuvaRing, this is a small flexible ring inserted into the vagina and prevents pregnancy by releasing hormones. After removal of the ring, pregnancy can be delayed up to 12 months.

Birth Control Implant – Known as Nexplanon, this is a tiny, thin rod the size of a matchstick that releases hormones to prevent pregnancy for up to five years. Pregnancy is relatively quick after removal of Nexplanon.

Birth Control Update

It is important to have a conversation with your doctor if you are feeling uneasy about your birth control. You may be experiencing a hormonal change. Your current birth control may be disrupting your lifestyle. Check with your doctor about using another method.

Patient-Focused Fertility Treatment Protocols

When you are ready to get pregnant after stopping your birth control method – but can’t – the fertility specialists at New Hope Fertility Center have several treatment options.

Birth Control and Pregnancy Specialists

It is important to work with a fertility care team having the experience required to design a customized fertility treatment plan meeting your personal needs. To schedule your initial consultation with the fertility specialists at New Hope Fertility Center – click the icon below – or call 212.969.7422.

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