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Birth Control Pills and Infertility Demystifying the Myths

Birth Control Pills and Infertility: Demystifying the Myths

| 03 Oct 2023 | 83847 Views |


The whispers, the rumors, the old wives’ tales—oh my! Fertility, a topic so delicate, is often shrouded in myths, especially concerning birth control pills. But, hang tight! With the help of experts from India IVF Fertility, we’re on a mission to dispel the fog and offer clarity. So, fasten your seat belts, folks, as we take you on a myth-busting ride!

Do Birth Control Pills Cause Infertility

The heart of our exploration! The age-old question causing a flurry of worry. In short, no. Birth control pills are designed to prevent ovulation temporarily. Once you’re off the pill, things generally return to normal, allowing ovulation to resume.

Can Birth Control Affect Your Fertility?

Birth control works to pause the natural ovulation process, but it’s not a permanent shutdown. Think of it as hitting the ‘pause’ button on your TV remote. Once you decide to ‘play’ again, your show resumes right from where you left it.

How Is Infertility Defined?

Infertility is typically defined as the inability to conceive after a year of regular, unprotected intercourse for women under 35 and after six months for women over 35.

Where Did This Misconception Originate?

A mix of anecdotal experiences, lack of comprehensive sex education, and societal hearsay. Our minds are peculiar; sometimes they believe what they want to, without the backup of scientific truth!

Are There Any Menstrual Irregularities Associated with Hormonal Birth Control?

Yes, some women might experience changes in their menstrual cycles, lighter periods, or even skip some. But remember, every ‘body’ is different, and these changes are usually temporary.

What Type of Delay, If Any, Does Each Method Carry?

While pills might cause a brief delay in the return of regular ovulation, other methods like Depo-Provera shots can take longer—up to 10 months post the last shot.

What Can You Do If You Decide You Want to Go Off Birth Control to Conceive?

Consult with a doctor, ideally a fertility expert, to guide you through the transition and provide advice tailored to your unique needs.

How Long, on Average, Should You Wait for Conception to Occur?

Most women conceive within a year after stopping birth control. If you’re over 35 and haven’t conceived in 6 months, it’s time to consult a fertility specialist.

Are There Signs of Infertility to Watch For?

Irregular menstrual cycles, painful periods, and other symptoms might be indicative. However, a proper medical evaluation is paramount.

What Exactly Causes Infertility?

A multitude of reasons: hormonal imbalances, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, and certain lifestyle factors, to name a few.

If This Happens, How Might It Be Treated?

Treatment varies based on the cause. It could range from medications, surgery, to assisted reproductive techniques like IVF.


The world of fertility is intricate. But armed with knowledge, guidance from specialists like those at India IVF Fertility, and a pinch of patience, you’re well-equipped to navigate its maze.


No, long-term use of birth control is generally safe for most women, though it's essential to discuss any concerns with your doctor.

Yes. Women continue to lose eggs naturally as they age, irrespective of birth control use.

While many women have no issues, some might experience weight gain, mood changes, or other side effects. It's essential to find what works best for you.

About The Author
Dr. Richika Sahay

MBBS (Gold Medalist), DNB (Obst & Gyne), MNAMS, MRCOG (London-UK), Fellow IVF, Fellow MAS, Infertility (IVF) Specialist & Gynae Laparoscopic surgeon,[Ex AIIMS & Sir Gangaram Hospital, New Delhi]. Read more

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