Widespread hormonal contraception raises many questions. Women are concerned about side effects: effects on the skin, the possibility of weight gain, the effect on mood and well-being. But most of all, those who are going to stop it in connection with pregnancy planning are worried about taking these drugs. Had hormones caused harm to the reproductive system, is their action cumulative and could they affect the child?
Hormonal contraception has a rather long history and there are no statistics confirming the negative impact, if properly administered. But there are also peculiarities and rules of planning after taking oral contraceptives.
The opinion that the concentration of hormones in the body accumulates and the contraceptive effect persists for several months after the end of the reception - erroneously. The last blister pill from the blister marks the beginning of the formation of a new menstrual cycle. Such a restoration lasts from one to several months, so it is possible that ovulation may occur from the first cycle.
"The effect of hormones on future children"
Since the cumulative effect does not exist, then there is no need to worry about the effect of the drug on future children. Terrible stories about the generation of American children who have problems with the endocrine system are just a myth, easily refuted by medical facts.
"Long-term use negatively affects the reproductive system"
These fears were transferred from the recent past, when first-generation tablets were used, characterized by high dosages. Such drugs required interruptions so that the body “did not forget” the mechanisms of its work. Modern drugs can be taken continuously, however, it should be borne in mind that the duration of the reception may still affect the timing of the recovery cycle, especially in older women.
"After taking these contraceptives increases the chance of having twins and triplets"
But this is true. This mechanism is explained simply. A significant part of hormonal drugs helps stimulate the egg, which contributes to the possibility of multiple pregnancies. This effect is most often achieved with fertilization immediately after the end of the COC administration.
"It is not recommended to plan pregnancy for several months after the abolition of hormonal contraceptives"
In the case when hormonal therapy was aimed at stimulating ovulation, it is recommended to become pregnant immediately after the end of the course. After a long course of hormones as contraceptives, the body really needs time to recover.
Text: Vera Guler