Infertility and Birth Control Pills

on Sep 15, 2012

by Monica Scott

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Theories abound that birth control pills can cause infertility down the road. Find out the truth behind the rumors and see if in fact there is a correlation between infertility and birth control pills.

Despite the fact that birth control pills are widely used in order to avoid an unwanted pregnancy, a lot of women think that using them may lead to infertility and choose other birth control methods or they even decide to have a baby and interrupt the treatment. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Although it takes a little longer for the effects to wear off, a post-birth control pregnancy usually occurs in a couple of months, proving one more time that infertility and birth control pills are not connected. Here are six of the factors that can be in fact responsible for the delays in conceiving, often mistaken for infertility, that appear as a result of taking birth control pills.

Birth Control Prescriptions

Birth control pills are often prescribed to women with irregular menstruation. If that is the case, the problem may return when the administration of the birth control pills is interrupted. In order to establish the normal function of the ovaries and to stimulate them to produce eggs regularly, seeing a specialist in fertility is a must, the consultation being usually followed by a prescription indicating the corresponding medication.


Obesity is another factor that can delay pregnancy. If you gained weight as a result of taking birth control pills, then you must get rid of the pounds in excess, by adopting a healthy diet and exercising.


Endometriosis is a condition that has as a main consequence the thickening of the uterus’ membrane. If left undiagnosed and untreated, it can have a negative impact on the sufferer’s ability to conceive. Many women are not aware that they suffer from this affection, making a wrong connection between infertility and birth control pills.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) like Gonorrhea or Chlamydia infections, can also have a negative impact on the health of the female reproductive system. If they are not identified and treated on time, they can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, a condition that causes infertility.

Cigarettes & Alcohol

The so-called recreational drugs, such as cigarettes and alcohol usually influence negatively the quality of the reproductive material in both men and women. Such habits have more to do with infertility than the above mentioned pills.


Last but not least, age represents a highly influential factor when it comes to conceiving. The older a woman is, the more difficult it is for her to conceive. Of course, this does not apply to all women, as there are exceptions determined by the genetic inheritance.

All in all, using birth control pills has little to no influence on a woman’s ability to get pregnant, and if it happens, all the other possibilities must be taken into account before considering birth control pills responsible.

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Ms. Scott joined ConceiveEasy after working in prenatal obstetrical care for two years in a private practice before being promoted to Director of Nursing. She has a strong interest in women's health with an emphasis on promoting fertility awareness.

  • JonathanWalker

    I was on contraceptives for 2 month and i stoped and now i want a baby,me and my partner have been trying till to date but nothng is happening. The last time i was on contraceptives was January last year. I’m in Namibia and dont know this fertibella u guys are talkng but would love to try it

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

     It takes time for your body to adjust after stopping contraceptives. Some women take 3-6 months before they can conceive, some take more than a year. After stopping contraceptives, the constant hormone level that suppresses ovulation stops. Your body has to start its own hormone production and may sometimes need some time to regain its normal rhythm. The ovary itself has to get ready so that an egg can mature and can be released. The ConceiveEasy® TTC Kit™ System is available for purchase to residents outside the United States. You may place your order online or by telephone at (888) 363-9222. Please note, at this time our risk-free trial is only available to residents in the United States.

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  • Mrs. Scott

    I’m 24 years old and less than a month shy of my next birthday. My husband and I are ready for children and we have been trying for months now. It is so frustrating for me though because I have necer had a normal cycle. It has almost been a year since my last period. My question is, would this over the counter kit help with my situation?

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