Causes of Infertility

Can an IUD Cause Infertility?

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Many women who use birth control have used it to prevent pregnancy, assist with health issues and more. But once you decide to stop or remove your birth control, you may be wondering about how it affects your fertility. A concern many women have is can an IUD can cause infertility. Learn more about the use of an IUD and how other forms of birth control work when taking your fertility into consideration.

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Does an IUD Cause Infertility?

Many people have been concerned over the risk of infertility after the use of an IUD due to a study done between 1970 and 1980. The results of this research claimed that pelvic inflammatory disease, which can cause infertility, was increased by 60% in women who used IUDs. However, the study did not provide adequate comparison groups, or health histories and it used a crude analysis method.

Since then, research has been done with more sophisticated data analysis, which determined there is no significant increase in the risk of PID with the use of an IUD. This means there is no risk of infertility after the use of an IUD.

How Birth Control Works

It’s important to understand how birth control works when you are on it, and how stopping use can affect your ability to conceive. Birth control, or contraception, is any method, medicine or device used to prevent pregnancy. Different forms of birth control including the pill, ring, IUD, implant and barrier contraception have different effectiveness in preventing pregnancy, and many women choose the best one for them based on lifestyle, health concerns and plans to have children in the future.

The copper-coated IUD can prevent pregnancy by now allowing the sperm to fertilize the egg or making it harder for a fertilized egg to implant in the uterus. Birth control pills can prevent your body from ovulating, which means your ovaries won’t release an egg each month. They can also work by thickening your cervical mucus, which helps prevent sperm from reaching the uterus.

Do Other Forms of Birth Control Cause Infertility?

Many women get concerned that after a long use of birth control, they may have diminished their fertility. However, that is not the case. Forms of birth control such as the IUD allow you to become pregnant sometimes as soon as it is removed. Other forms of birth control such as Depo-Provera may take longer to leave your system but do not have long-term or permanent effects on fertility.

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