Depo-Provera only reduces your fertility if your periods don’t come back for a while after stopping it. It sounds like your periods started back right away, so your fertility should be back to normal. Most couples get pregnant in the first year of trying (about 85%) and it can still happen naturally in the second… Read More
Does taking the birth control pill affect you tolerance for alcohol?
Current research (in contrast to some older studies) suggests that birth control pills and even changes in natural hormones over the menstrual cycle have very little to no effect on alcohol metabolism. Different people having different responses to drinking alcohol can be due genetic variations in two enzymes, alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) and aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH)…. Read More
Can certain drugs or medications cause infertility?
It’s possible. For men testosterone treatment, anabolic steroids, narcotic painkillers, SSRI antidepressants like sertraline or venlafaxine, sulfasalazine, smoking, heavy alcohol, and marijuana can all affect fertility. Sperm numbers and quality are relatively easy to measure compared to female fertility. In women we know less about the long-term effects of medicines on fertility or ovarian reserve… Read More
Can I give myself intramuscular injections for my fertility medications?
It’s easy to give subcutaneous injections (under the skin on your belly) yourself. Intramuscular (IM) shots are harder to give yourself, especially progesterone in oil. Most IM shots are less painful given into the gluteus muscle in the upper outer part of either butt cheek, which is hard to do yourself. Some women do the… Read More
Can taking prescription birth control too long cause infertility?
Birth control pills or the Nuva Ring have return to fertility within weeks of stopping them. Many women start birth control pills as teenagers, and stop them in their late-30’s when ready to conceive – fertility is the same as for non-Pill users, their age when starting trying to conceive may be a factor rather… Read More