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Do hormonal contraceptives impact fertility? — Ask Dr Jean

Ask Dr Jean 6 Nov 2020
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When it comes to women's health, there is no such thing as a silly question. Do you have a question you want answered, but have been too afraid or embarrassed to bring it up with your GP? Or you forgot to ask while you were in the doctor's surgery? Now, you can 'Ask Dr Jean'.


Answering your questions for this edition of 'Ask Dr Jean' is gynaecologist and Jean Hailes Medical Director, Dr Elizabeth Farrell AM (pictured below).

Question

Does taking The Pill or having the Implanon impact my fertility?

Dr Elizabeth Farrell

Answer

If you have a normal regular cycle with no other health issues which may impact fertility such as polycystic ovary syndrome, then The Pill or the Implanon (a small piece of plastic inserted under your skin in the arm) will have no impact on fertility.

Your fertility is fully reversible with both forms of contraception.

The Implanon fertility reverse will generally happen straight away within the first cycle and The Pill fertility reverse generally occurs within the first few months.

Read more about contraception options, including the Implanon and The Pill, or learn more about fertility.