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Did Contraception Affect My Fertility?

Have you used birth control pills or other contraceptives in the past? Are you concerned that they'll affect your ability to get pregnant now?

You've got nothing to worry about, says OB/GYN Hyacinth Nicole Brown, MD, in an online discussion with WebMD's Trying to Conceive Community. Birth control pills have no long-term effects on fertility. Same with IUDs and most other forms of birth control. Most birth control pills wear off almost as soon as you stop using them, Brown says.

One exception is injected birth control like Depo-Provera. It can take some women 9 months or more to get back onto a regular ovulation schedule after using it. But after that, there are no lasting fertility effects.

Do you have other concerns about past treatments that could affect your fertility?

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