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Dr. Nicole Browne
Fertility Specialist

Q&A: Does Taking The Pill Raise My Risk Of Infertility?

I've hear that taking the Pill could raise my chances of having infertility problems. Is this true?

In the past, there was speculation that using the birth control pill could result in infertility. However, we know now that this is not true. Post-pill amenorrhea (the absence of a period) occurs about 0.7-0.8% of the time, and in general 50% of women conceive by three months after discontinuing the Pill. Post-pill amenorrhea is actually attributed to a thinning of the endometrium (uterine membrane), but this is generally restored in time, once your body resumes normal ovarian function, which was not happening while you were taking the Pill.