If you are on the Pill or other forms of hormone-altering birth control, like patch or ring, it may be a disguising symptom for short-term infertility. These methods bring on a ‘false’ period, which is bleeding not in response to ovulation. So in such a case if you develop a condition that causes irregular or missed periods, you may not realize it.
What conditions could lead to menstrual problems?
Conditions that could cause irregular or missed periods include thyroid disorders, which are common in women especially after having a baby; premature ovarian failure, a rare occurrence of menopause before 40, and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which is the most common cause of fertility problems in women. PCOS affects as many as 10% of women in childbearing age and is defined by excess male hormone production and insulin problems. The insulin issues also increase risk of diabetes (especially in pregnant women). The symptoms of PCOS include acne, weight gain around waist, unwanted body and facial hair and pelvic pain.
The effect of The Pill on fertility
It is usually said in tongue-in-cheek manner that if you talk to five women about the effect of oral contraceptive, you would get five different opinions! Some women swear by the Pill for having regularized their cycles and helping them conceive. While others claim that all those synthetic hormones played havoc with their ovaries. Still others worry about the lingering effects of the Pill on their foetus that they use a condom for months before trying to get pregnant. The fact is use of birth control may delay the onset of pregnancy but not make you infertile.
What methods of safety should you use if you wish to conceive?
Getting off the Pill is the first thing that you should do. Many women experience normal cycles within one to three months after stopping birth control pills. But it could even take 6- 12 months for a woman to conceive with well-timed intercourse after stopping the Pill.
Use barrier methods such as condoms until you have had one or two periods after getting off the Pill so that you are able to keep track of your cycle to predict the due date.
What can you do to enhance your conception chances?
You could make use of natural fertility supplements such as Fertility Blend for women, which contains antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and herbs to improve blood circulation and keep your reproductive organs healthy. The formula is developed to deal with menstrual problems and hormonal imbalances.