Post # 1
Hi bees! I don’t know if I’m posting this in the appropriate section, but here it goes…
After YEARS of terrible pain when having my period, my doctor put me on the pill to control the cramps and the bleeding.
I haven’t decided yet if I want to take it or not, because I’m worried that it may mess with my fertility.
IDK… I’m just thinking about the huge amount of hormones and chemicals that I’m going to put into my body and is making me feel a little worried about this. I WANT to be a mother one day and I don’t want to do any harm to my body that can jeopardize this desire.
What do you think/know? What’s your experience?
Post # 3
@skinnypinkmartini: any OBGYN will tell you that it cannot affect your fertility to become pregnant. i know plenty of women who were on BC for long periods of time and were able to get pregnant with no problem
Post # 4
@skinnypinkmartini: According to my doctor it doesn’t. I’ve gotten pregnant while on the Pill not once but twice so I am going to go with no, lol. I’ve been on it for years if that helps.
Post # 5
@MrsPanda99: That’s a relief! I was looking for this kind of comments that show the Pill doesn’t intefere with a normal pregnancy.
@Daizy914: She told me that, but I’ve heard so many “this-cannot-happen-with-this-medication” (and happening) before that I don’t take it! I need real-life examples!
Post # 6
I’ve been on the Pill for over 7 years now, and been using it as my only birth control for almost 7 years.
I initially went on it for my bad acne, but continued the Pill long after it calmed down (though I still get stress pimples which drives me nuts, I’m 23 for Pete’s sake!)
My younger sister also went on the Pill a year ago because she had such terrible cramping and bleeding that she would be vomitting and passing out from the pain. The Pill was a terrible choice for her though – it gave her such bad migraines that she was still struggling to get out of bed! She then changed to the implanon implant (the one that goes in your arm). Her periods and headaches have settled into manageable patterns that aren’t quite 28 days nor cramp free, but definitely not vomit inducing pain.
I don’t know about it affecting fertility, but I say that controlling your cramps and bleeding should be priority number 1 at your age. There are so many stories of women still managing to get pregnant on the Pill, or getting pregnant 3 months after stopping, that it shouldn’t be an issue. If it is, then there were probably other underlying issues to start off with. 🙂
Post # 7
@skinnypinkmartini: All you need to know is that when you want to conceive, you need to use an alternate method of birth control for about 6 months (condoms or whatever else you choose). During that time, take prenatal vitamins and folic acid. Birth control can increase the risk of birth defects so it is best to get it all out of your system and build up what you do need for a healthy pregnancy.
Otherwise, I am quite happy with the Pill (despite my 2 mishaps).
Post # 8
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@skinnypinkmartini: Long-term BCPs are safer than a single pregnancy (read maternal mortality rates). I was on them for nine years before going off and we had no issues getting pregnant. Back on them again until we decide to TTC. Studies that show they affect fertility do not control for fertility issues the patient has before going on BCPs. I would be more concerned about having a blood clot caused by BCPs than infertility.
Post # 9
@skinnypinkmartini: For other information, this is an interesting blog on natural fertility. http://www.natkringoudis.com.au/
Do keep in mind that the pill will alleviate your pain *yay! But, it could be just masking the larger problem. If something seems off with your periods, something probably is. Have you discussed endo with your doctor??
Post # 10
I was on the pill for about 10 years. We decided we wanted to have a baby this year, I got off the pill and 3 cycles later I was pregnant. In all the researching I’ve done, it doesn’t seem to affect fertility at all and doesn’t need very long to get out of your system, that’s why you can get pregnant if you miss more than 2 pills. My doctor told me I could start trying on my first cycle off the pill.
Post # 11
@skinnypinkmartini: I was on BC for 9 years straight. Got pregnant the first time we had unprotected sex after I went off the pill. I was off the pill for about 6 weeks or so when I got pregnant. So in my experience and those of many I know it had no negative effect on their fertility.
Post # 12
Thank you all for sharing your knowledge and experiences! It’s really appreciated! 🙂
@jesicka309: I know at 24 controlling the bleeding and cramps should be a priority, but I’m a planner and I don’t want to wait much longer before having kids. I’m experiencing extreme pain, not to the point of passing away like your sister, but to the point of feeling nausea all day because of it! Not all periods are like that, but once in a while the pain is unbearable! 🙁
@MrsPanda99: Such a good advice! I will write it down so I remember when the time comes, I knew about the supplements but not the bit about cleaning up my body from the BC effects. Thanks!
@tampalove35: Yes, I talked about it with my OBGYN and doctor, but since they are SUPER regular (since they started), my analitics are perfect and it’s only the bleeding and cramps that have increased over the years, they told me there’s nothing else that can be done.
Post # 13
@skinnypinkmartini: No worries. Just remember that women have been taking the Pill since the 60s, and people are still having babies. 🙂 If there was a long term trend they’d have identified it by now.
Post # 14
@skinnypinkmartini: Don’t worry, you’re safe. If you don’t have any pre-existing conditions that would otherwise harm your fertility by themselves, you can be sure that when you stop taking it you will be fertile again. The pill won’t do any harm.
Most people are able to get pregnant almost right away when they stop taking it, but it’s advised you wait a month or two just to make sure everything’s out of your system before trying. My mom got pregnant with me almost immediately after stopping it and all was well.
@MrsPanda99: The pill has not been linked to any birth defects, according to the Mayo Clinic. (They also mention that there have been many instances of women accidentally taking the pill well into their pregnancies with no ill effect.) Is there more here than meets the eye?
Post # 15
I was on the pill for almost 9 years when I decided that I should give my body a break from it for a couple months. I was pregnant in the first one.