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Hi there! I went on the birth control pill about 4 years ago (I've switched dosages a few times) and I experienced noticeable breast growth when I first went on the pill that has lasted (I grew a full cup!). Lately, I've been considering switching from birth control pills to the Mirena IUD. I was wondering if my breasts will shrink when I switch from the pill to the IUD? I know this is kind of a silly question.
My other question is regarding the Mirena: I've heard some doctors won't prescribe it to patients that have not yet had children because it can potentially cause infertility. I don't plan on even considering pregnancy for a number of years (which is why the IUD is appealing for me), but I worry that it may cause complications. Is this true?

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Because breast growth is not a listed side effect of hormonal birth control (though breast tenderness is) it's impossible to say what your breasts are going to do with a switch in birth control. Something to consider though, the breast growth could quite possibly not be related to your birth control at all, perhaps your breasts were just ready to grow a cup size.

The reason doctors don't like to prescribe the IUD to young women who haven't had children yet is NOT because it could cause infertility. It's actually due to the size of your uterus could cause it to be more uncomfortable and also to be more likely to just expel it out.

The main issue regarding infertility with IUD's is that you're more susceptible to STI's and left untreated, many can cause infertility.

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