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Can years of birth control use (8 to 10 years) lead to infertility?

Ellen Rome, MD
Pediatrics
Watch as Dr. Ellen Rome discusses whether or not years of taking birth contol pills will lead to infertility issues.

discusses whether or not years of taking birth contol pills will lead to infertility issues.
Charla Simon
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)

Pregnancy rates for women who have used the birth control pill (even prolonged use of 10 or more years) are the same as age matched controls who have never been on the pill, so no the birth control pill does not increase the chance of infertility. 

 

Long-term birth control use has not been shown to lead to infertility. However, after stopping your birth control method, it may take up to six months to return to normal fertility if you have been using an intrauterine device, the Pill, the patch, the ring or the implant. Depo-Provera can take anywhere from 3-18 months. If you have only been using condoms for birth control, your fertility should be normal. Increased age can also be a factor, as women in their mid-30s begin to experience a decrease in fertility.

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