You probably learned in sex-ed how to use contraception to prevent a pregnancy (makes sense, you were underage). Unfortunately, there’s no sex-ed for adults who want to get pregnant. 

Does using hormonal contraception impact fertility?

The short answer is no. Multiple studies show that long term contraception use doesn’t affect future fertility rates. However, depending on what type of contraception you are using, it may take a while for your period to come back or for the full effects of hormonal contraception to wear off.

When to stop contraception

Hormonal contraception does not affect future fertility but it can mask underlying problems you already have. If you’re considering trying to get pregnant, you might want to think about coming off the contraceptive pill a few months before you start trying. This gives your period and hormones time to rebalance and gives you time to notice any patterns you may want to discuss with your GP. However, it is important to consult your GP in advance of stopping any prescription medication.

Coming off contraception before you're ready

If you are planning to start trying to conceive in the coming months, it is worth considering a non-hormonal form of contraception until you’re ready to start trying. Note that most of these methods are less effective than hormonal birth control.

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