(Closed) Birth control, infertility

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
7587 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@mcj040916:  I thought they wouldn’t give you an IUD until you’ve already had a child? Not having your period will not rot your insides. That’s the silliest thing I’ve ever heard. However, I do think that the IUD does have a higher risk of causing infertility, because it has a higher chance of giving you a pelvic infection which can go unnoticed and cause infertility. 

Post # 4
923 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

There is a small (.08% or so) chance of infertility w/ an IUD.  Mainly due to scaring due to perforation of the uterus or when being removed or untreated infection.  I don’t think it’s worth worrying about.


For what it’s worth, I wouldn’t let let any man who doesn’t have an M.D. after his name get to me.  Especially if he has some kind of birth control bias.  It’s easy to be biased when it’s something that will never concern him.

Post # 5
804 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

The risk is so, so small.  Please don’t freak out needlessly, if this is working for you there’s no need to stop it early.

There is a lot of misinformation regarding birth control that goes around the church circles.  He’s just as likely to tell you that you’ll die from a blood clot if you take the pill.  Didn’t your doctor go over the risks of Mirena with you before you had it put in?  She or he should have, and probably did mention a small, small risk of infertility.  It’s no bigger now than it was when you were consulting with your doctor about what kind of birth control would suit you best.  If you’re really worried, call up your doctor and have a five minute chat.

Post # 6
72 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

You will not rot out if you don’t have your period!! There is no medical reason to have your period when you are on birth control. In fact, the period you do get on the pill isn’t a regular period, but sort of like a mock period (look it up online). My aunt had a IUD for years before she had her three children. I agree about talking to your doctor if you are really worried.

Post # 7
607 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

All the PP are right– you aren’t rotting and there isn’t a high risk of infertility! The reason they used to not recommend an IUD to women who haven’t had children is twofold (according to my doctor)– a big one is your are more likely to experience some complications or discomfort with the insertion, since your uterus has stretched out to accommodate a baby yet, and yes, there is a slightly higher risk of infection (seems like it would also be due to the whole small uterus thing, but that is just my thinking). 

It sounds like a great option and everyone I know who has one loves it. I only know one person who had a kid after it, but that’s just because not that many of my friends have kids yet. 

Post # 9
18645 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

As others have said, don’t worry about it.  I haven’t had a period in 3 years because I’ve been on continuous BC.  The doctor put me on it and I doubt he would if it would cause me to have infertility problems, it’s actually to prevent more infertility.

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