Lower Fertility/Early Menopause in Women Using The Pill?

the-PillScientists in Denmark set out to study whether they could predict future fertility by studying markers of ‘ovarian reserve’, or the amount of ‘egg power’ left in women who took birth control pills as a contraceptive.  In this new study, which was presented at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) the Annual Meeting in Munich, Dr Kathrine Birch Petersen of Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark reported that using the Pill caused suppression of two markers for ovarian reserve which are established as reliable predictors of ovarian aging and the onset of menopause.


Dr. Petersen’s study found that measurements of the two fertility markers were 19% and 16% lower in Pill users than in those not taking the Pill.  Additionally, ovarian volume was also significantly reduced by 29 to 52%, with the greatest reductions seen in the women 19-29.9 years of age.  The study included 833 women ranging in age from 19 to 46.  Dr Birch Petersen warns women on the Pill  that their ovaries may look older, with smaller volume, and show a lower levels of the two biomarkers for fertility.  Women who’ve been on the Pill long term may therefore experience earlier signs of menopause than expected.  This is in direct conflict with what women have always been told, that the Pill is safe, effective and has not impact on future function of the reproductive system.

Reference: www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/07/140701091448.htm


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