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soccer21
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i have a question about my birth control. I am taking ortho tricyclin and have been for 3 years now. I have heard that if you take birth control for a certain amount of time, when you want to get pregant you might not be able to.... my boyfriend and i are getting worried that when we want to have kids we cant. So i am thinking that i might want to stop the pill and get a fertility test done at my doctors. Is this true or just a myth?
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As far as I know, there are no studies showing a correlation to prolonged use of hormonal birth con trol and fertility loss. i believe other problems that may be related are possible after prolonged use, but again I do not know enough about the studies that have been done to tell you.

I CAN tell you, however, that your gynecologist would be the best person to talk to if you have these concerns. I can also tell you that three years of taking hormonal birth control is NOT a prolonged enough time for there to even really be possible risks related with the birth control. Any studies or concerns I've ever heard of all speak of longer than five years of use. Still, you may want to speak to your gynecologist and they'll be able to fill you in more on what your real risks may be and what they aren't.

To summarize and pinpoint to the end of your question: at this point, unless your gynecologist tells you otherwise or you are having other problems with taking it, there is really no reason for you to be stopping hormonal birth control or getting a fertility test.


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well i was hoping to be able to find out from soemone here because the earliest app. i can get to be able to talk to her is 10/17 and that quite some time away. But from what i gather i dont have any risks at this point in time correct?
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Yep, no risks. Also, you may want to schedual the appointment, just because it may be good to talk to a gynecologist in case you may have concerns now that you should address to look to talk about again a couple years down the road.
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I did make the apt. thanks a bunch!
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