Does The Pill Cause Infertility Issues?

By YEET | MAGAZINE  Published 0940 GMT (1740 HKT) May 28, 2021


Contraception / Fertility / Infertility / The Pill / Getting Pregnant

The pill vs fertility: from myth to reality

According to several beliefs, the pill decreases fertility in women. This myth, which is deeply rooted in our customs, makes many people shudder. Yet several studies have been conducted to counter this superstition.

The pill would indeed affect fertility, but temporarily and not permanently. It would even have protective virtues which would encourage fertilization .

What is the pill used for?

The purpose of the pill is to put a woman's ovaries to rest . By releasing a small dose of hormone, it blocks ovulation * and therefore prevents the meeting between an egg and a sperm. There is therefore no fertilization, therefore no pregnancy possible.

Fertility is therefore well influenced by the pill. Of course, when you stop the pill, the hormones present in it will gradually disappear and the classic hormonal cycle will resume its course.

As a result, the woman will start ovulating again.

Fertility at rest, lack of the pill?

It is important to know that fertility depends on factors that are completely independent of taking a pill or birth control in general.

For example :

  • The weight of the woman will be a preeminent factor in the role of reproduction. An overweight woman will have more difficulty in procreating than a woman whose weight is stable. The same goes for women who are underweight.
  • Stress and the pace of life.
  • The hygiene of life.
  • Taking drugs that act on the central nervous system such as anxiolytics, migraine medications, antidepressants, etc. can also influence fertility.

It is not just factors related to femininity either: the male partner can also experience difficulties in procreating. In such situations, it is advisable to consult a doctor or gynecologist together.

Note that women are more fertile between 20 and 30 years old. Beyond 30-35 years, fertility decreases.


* Not all pills block ovulation

Stopping the fertility pill

After stopping a pill, the ovulation cycle resumes . It is therefore quite possible to get pregnant. Patience is essential , the uterus must all the same gradually release itself from the hormonal impregnation due to the ingestion of the pill for several years.

Do not panic if you do not have a convincing result immediately! It is impossible to choose when you want to get pregnant. It all depends on many of the above factors and on each woman.
However, if you don't get any results after a year of frequent sex and attempted pregnancy, see your gynecologist to talk about it.

Date of publication: 11-01-2016

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