There are a lot of myths surrounding the use of birth control pills. One of the most known old-wives’ tales is probably using the pills will make it harder to conceive in the future. Is it true or is it not? Now is the moment of truth.
How do birth control pills work?
The birth control pill is a kind of hormonal contraception. The pills are taken orally to prevent pregnancy. If used properly, they are up to 99.9% effective. A pregnancy happens when an egg released from the ovary is fertilized by sperm, then attaches itself to the uterus, where it will grow into a baby. The release of eggs from the ovary is called ovulation, which is regulated by certain hormones in the woman’s body. The pills contain a small amount of estrogen and progestin hormones. They work against the body’s natural cyclical hormones to prevent conception. Hormonal contraception stops the ovulation. Besides, it changes the cervical mucus pattern, making it harder for the sperm to enter the cervix to meet the egg. It alters the lining of the womb so the fertilized egg cannot implant itself.
Will using birth control pills will make it harder for you to get pregnant in the future?
No, it will not. Abundant studies have proven birth control pills cannot affect fertility. Your body is able to process the hormones in those pills pretty quickly, which is why you are directed to take one every day. Once the hormones are flushed out of your system, within a couple of days the normal process of egg growth will continue. You are likely to welcome your ovulation within two to six weeks. However, if you have been on the pills for quite some time (say more than a year), it may take up to three months for your body to get back to normal. In some cases, when a woman who took birth control pills for many years then stopped to have a child, she might find her fertility rate decline. However, this is usually because she is getting older, not because she used birth control pills.
Birth control pills are considered the safest and most effective way of contraception. It is important to understand that pills cause infertility is a pure myth. You can conceive right after getting off your birth control pills, although it might take some time for the ovulation to become normal. And yes, it is completely safe. You can still have a beautiful and healthy baby.
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