Dr. Goldstein discusses if a woman can experience infertility if she takes birth control pills for a long period of time.
They shouldn’t. Birth control pills do not cause infertility. However, some of the things with long-term birth control pills is it does allow women to postpone childbearing for many years, and frequently women will wait until their late 30s to start trying to have children, and we certainly know that fertility rates are much lower in the late 30s than in the 20s.
So whereas it does not cause infertility or decreased ability to become pregnant, postponing pregnancy does. In addition, birth control pills can mask other disorders that can cause infertility such as polycystic ovarian syndrome because they will control her cycles, and, which will give the appearance that she is ovulating but in fact she is not.
About Dr. Goldstein, M.D.:
Dr. Andrew T. Goldstein, M.D., graduated from the University of Virginia and the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He pursued his internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Beth Israel Medical Center. After completing his residency, Dr. Goldstein moved to Annapolis, Maryland and started the Sexual Wellness Center which is devoted to the treatment of female sexual dysfunction. In 1999, he joined the faculty at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and became the Director of The Centers for Vulvovaginal Disorders in Washington, D.C. and New York City in 2002.