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?
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ByDr. Nicole Browne
Fertility Specialist
Updated
Mar 2017
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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.

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