There are several myths about ‘birth control pills’. For instance, pills do not make it harder to get pregnant. In fact, the truth is that it is possible to get pregnant as soon as you stop taking birth control. However, does the pill have any effect on ovulation and fertility?
Various studies on the influence of birth control have concluded in different results. “Birth control will not screw with your fertility long term, says Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Yale School of Medicine.
However, according to Danish researchers, taking birth control pills could diminish fertility. It was found that women who were on the pill had smaller ovaries than those who did not take birth control pills, particularly in the youngest of the subjects, between the ages of 19 and 29.9. The degree at which the pill affects women and for how long, is yet to be discovered.
The bottom line is that a few studies show that fertility returns to normal levels within a couple months of stopping the pills usage. 75.4% of the women who had been on the pill for more than five years conceived within six months of trying compared to 70.5% of women who had never used the pill. And a few studies suggest that the pill can have a long-term disadvantage.
When asked if the pill leads to low libido, Dr. Dweck suggested that the pill prevents ovulation, which lowers libido. A progesterone-only option, particularly the IUD, is a better choice instead of estrogen-containing pills, which can stop ovulation.
Finally, when it comes to birth control, some women might have undesirable side effects but none of these lead to permanent infertility.
Although, there is no evidence that the birth control pill usage can cause permanent infertility or prevent ovulation, the best way that you can take control of your body, is to use the all natural KNOWHEN ® Saliva Ovulation Monitor.
[Also see our other two blog posts about the effect birth control would bring- "How Birth Control Affects Fertility" and "Trying to Conceive After Birth Control."]