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LucysDiamonds
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So my boyfriend and I were talking yesterday about life, starting a family eventually, etc. We're thinking of having kids in 10-13 years or so, and he made an offhand comment about me staying on the pill until then, which kind of made me bristle a bit. I'm not sure if I want to be on the pill for ten or more years. Is there any kind of average for how long people generally stay on it? Would there be any kind of weird repercussions or side effects for staying on it for so long?

(I know there are other options, but I don't think I'd be comfortable with the ring, and the patch seems like it's so similar to the pill that it's hardly worth the switch. I'd be okay with trying Depo, but I read that if you take it for more than twoish years, there can be some negative side effects.)

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Heather
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The standard advice is that ten years is a max the pill should be used for, and that after that period is when we see some increased risks. It also is suggested that women over 35 need to be cautious about using the pill.

That suggestion has stuck round in most of the contraceptive references I keep handy, even with the lower-dose pills now being used.

You'll likely also want to have yourself off the pill for a while before starting to try and become pregnant.

But the biggest issue is that it sounds like you have a feeling for yourself that you just would not WANT to be on it that long, and that's valid even if there were no additional risks. Remember, too, that you've got more options than hormonal methods.

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