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Can taking prescription birth control too long cause infertility?

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Dr. Khurram Rehman
Fertility Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depo-Provera only

Birth control pills / NuvaRing have return to fertility within weeks of stopping.
Many women start birth control pills as teens and stop in their late-30's when ready to conceive - fertility is the same as non-pill users, their age is a factor not the time on the pill. Depo-provera shots can stop periods for 6-18 months after stopping - during this time fertility is low but no long-term bad effect.

In brief: Depo-Provera only

Birth control pills / NuvaRing have return to fertility within weeks of stopping.
Many women start birth control pills as teens and stop in their late-30's when ready to conceive - fertility is the same as non-pill users, their age is a factor not the time on the pill. Depo-provera shots can stop periods for 6-18 months after stopping - during this time fertility is low but no long-term bad effect.
Dr. Khurram Rehman
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Dr. Nancy Durso
Oral contraceptives help retain fertility by actually decreasing the risk of ovarian cysts, uterine and ovarian cancer. They also help to keep PCOS hormones under control.
Dr. Jennifer Mushtaler
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not likely

The hormones in prescription birth control typically clear the body and wear off quickly.
Hence, women are advised to use back-up if they miss a pill. Unfortunately, aging and other medical conditions as we age can interfere with our ability to conceive.

In brief: Not likely

The hormones in prescription birth control typically clear the body and wear off quickly.
Hence, women are advised to use back-up if they miss a pill. Unfortunately, aging and other medical conditions as we age can interfere with our ability to conceive.
Dr. Jennifer Mushtaler
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