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Birth control pills and their effectiveness?

By September 13, 2011 - 1:18pm
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Today I had a discussion with my mom regarding birth control pills. Talked to many women who feel that taking birth-control pill actually proves problematic when trying to conceive, is that true? I plan on taking birth control pills for atleast two years after I get married, do you think that will be harmful to my reproductive system later on?

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I don't think so, but check with your gynecologist. A delay in ovulating will cause a delay in getting pregnant.

September 13, 2011 - 4:43pm

Thanks, that makes sense! I have heard lots of horror stories regarding birth control pills that circulate in India because they are believed to cause infertility. (While I find them much more effective with condoms) I had to ask someone to make sure it was just a myth and not something that would happen the moment one starts taking the pill. Is it harmful though if a woman doesn't ovulate for some time? Will her chances of pregnancy reduce?

September 13, 2011 - 4:30pm

Sure, some women may ovulate within weeks after stopping the pill, while in others it could take several months.


September 13, 2011 - 4:19pm

Hi Maryann,
Thanks so much for your opinion. In the Indian culture, girls are constantly hammered with the idea that birth control pills are harmful to them and can cause infertility. I was hoping if you could explain to me what you mean by the last part: "It may take long...taking oral contraceptives." I wasn't quite clear on that. Thank you so much!

September 13, 2011 - 3:21pm

That is a very good question. Birth control pills, like any other drug, have side effects but none that will cause permanent damage to your reproductive system thus preventing you from every getting pregnant.
Discuss your plans to use birth control to delay pregnancy with your gynecologist. When you wish to stop taking oral contraceptives and become pregnant, your doctor may tell you to use another method of birth control until you begin to menstruate regularly again. It may take a long time for you to become pregnant after you stop taking oral contraceptives, especially if you have never had a baby or if you had irregular, infrequent, or complete absence of menstrual periods before taking oral contraceptives. However, it is possible to become pregnant within days of stopping certain oral contraceptives. I hope this provides you with helpful information.


September 13, 2011 - 2:26pm
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