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Did my contraception affect my fertility?
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Hyacinth Nicole Browne, MD posted:
Many women question what effect, if any, their prior use of contraceptives might have on their efforts to conceive.

Contraceptives like birth control pills won't affect your ability to conceive (unless you're still taking them, of course!), but it could have a slight effect on timing, depending on which contraceptive you were taking. If you've been using the birth control pill or the ring, their effects disappear almost immediately. It's estimated that 50% of fertile women trying to conceive will get pregnant by 3 months after stopping the pill and having sex regularly. Users of mechanical methods (i.e., intrauterine devices or IUDs) also should have no delay in conception. If you use an injectable form of contraception, on the other hand, it can take longer to get back to a normal menstrual cycle and ovulation — in some women, up to 9 months after the last injection. I usually suggest that women who want to conceive immediately after discontinuing their contraceptive use other kinds besides depo-medroxyprogesterone acetate (Depo-Provera, an injectable contraceptive).

Besides the potential delay in timing with the injectable forms of contraception, there is no increased risk of infertility from the use of hormonal forms of contraception.
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ckaillee responded:
My name is Kaillee and I had the Mirena IUD implanted in March of 2009. My fiance and I had the Mirena removed in December 2012 and We have been trying to conceive ever since the removal. I have yet to have any luck getting pregnant. I have seen advertisements on TV for problems associated with the IUD, like causing infertility. I am really concerned. What should I do?

Thanks,
Kaillee


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