Does Birth Control Cause Infertility?

Birth control is any method used to prevent pregnancy. There are many different methods of birth control including condoms, IUDs, birth control pills, vasectomy etc.

Choosing a method of birth control can be difficult. Know the options and how to pick the type of contraception that’s right for you.

Various types of birth control work in different ways. Birth control methods may:

  • Prevent sperm from reaching the egg
  • Inactivate or damage sperm
  • Prevent an egg from being released each month
  • Alter the lining of the uterus so that a fertilized egg doesn’t attach to it
  • Thicken cervical mucus so that sperm can’t easily pass through it

In addition to preventing pregnancy, some contraceptives provide benefits such as more predictable, lighter menstrual cycles, a decreased risk of sexually transmitted infections or a reduction in the risk of some cancers. If these benefits are important to you, they may influence your choice of birth control option.

No method of birth control is 100% effective. Combining two methods, for example, the pill with a condom, offers extra protection as well as some protection against STIs.

The method of contraception you choose depends on your reproductive goals. If you’re planning pregnancy in the near future, you may want a method that’s easily stopped or quickly reversible, such as an oral contraceptive or a barrier method

It is important to be informed and to use birth control wisely.

Also read this great article by Shady Grove Fertility.

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