Preserving Your Fertility with Contraception
Nearly six million American couples are affected by infertility. That equals roughly ten percent of the reproductive-age population. While general health, age and other factors often play a role in infertility, one of the most important factors can be your choice of contraception.
Surprised? Many people are. But, it’s true. One of the best ways to maintain your ability to get pregnant in the future is to actively prevent pregnancy now.
Did You Know?
One of the best ways to protect your fertility is to actively prevent pregnancy now.
Choosing contraception methods is not just about convenience. If you are planning to have a family in the future, you will want to consider what effect your contraception may have on your fertility.
For example, some contraceptives such as birth control pills and condoms, actually have a protective effect on fertility. Other forms of contraception may cause problems in getting pregnant later.
Here’s what you need to know:
- Oral Contraceptives. If you use oral contraceptive you may be helping to protect your fertility. Oral contraceptives, also called birth control pills or The Pill, utilize hormones to regulate a woman’s menstrual cycle. This can actually help to minimize the growth of the uterine lining each month, reducing the incidence of endometriosis. Be sure if you use oral contraception that you protect yourself from sexually transmitted disease (STD’s).
- Vaginal Ring. If you use the vaginal ring you may help your chances of preserving your fertility. The vaginal ring has effects similar to birth control pills. The ring provides hormones that prevent pregnancy and also help to regulate the growth of the uterine lining. Be sure when using the vaginal ring you take precautions to protect your self against STDs.
- Condoms. Using condoms can help protect your fertility because, when used properly, they are the most effective barrier against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). STDs can cause infertility in both women and men.
- Intrauterine devices (IUDs). These tiny devices are inserted into the uterus to prevent eggs from attaching to the uterine wall. The use of IUDs is associated with an increase risk of pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility due to scarred fallopian tube.
There are many other methods of contraception available on the market and all may have similar benefits and risks with regard to your future fertility. Be sure to check with you doctor now to determine the best approach to use for now and for your future plans.