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Can Birth Control Cause Future Infertility?

Can Birth Control Cause Future Infertility?

A large percentage of women in the US use birth control with the pill being the most common form of birth control. If you have been wondering how your method of birth control may impact your fertility, here is a look.

Natural birth control

For generations, women have used the natural form of birth control using fertility tracking to check things, such as –

  • cervical mucus changes
  • basal body temperature changes

Since fertility tracking is natural, it does not hinder your future fertility.

Barrier Methods

Barrier methods of birth control work by preventing the entry of sperm into the woman’s body. These include –

  • male condom
  • female condom
  • spermicides
  • sponge
  • diaphragm or cervical cap
  • Lea’s Shield

Barrier methods of birth control offer protection against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) too. Some STDs can cause infertility so barrier methods may protect against future infertility.

Hormonal Methods

This form of contraception contains hormones, such as estrogen and progestin to prevent pregnancy. Commonly used hormonal methods of birth control include –

  • Birth control pills
  • Skin patch
  • Hormonal vaginal contraceptive ring
  • Injections
  • Implants

After stopping these methods of birth control, your ovulation and menstrual cycles may need several months to become regular again. See a fertility specialist if you have trouble getting pregnant after stopping birth control.

It may take longer for you to get pregnant after discontinuing Depo-Provera, compared to other methods. This is because Depo-Provera requires longer time to leave the body.

Intrauterine Devices (IUDs)

IUD is a device placed inside your uterus to prevent pregnancy. Commonly used IUDs are –

  • Mirena intrauterine system (IUS) releases the hormone progestin to prevent conception
  • Copper T IUD that can stay in the uterus for a decade

Once an IUD has been removed, your doctor will advise you about when you can start trying to get pregnant again. IUDs do not usually cause problems with future fertility.


Sterilization is a permanent method of contraception. Tubal ligation is popular for sterilization among women. In men, vasectomy is a common form of sterilization. Reversal of sterilization methods is possible with tubal reversal in women and vasectomy reversal in men. However, there is no guarantee of pregnancy after a tubal or vasectomy reversal.

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