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Birth control pills may damage women's fertility, experts say

Written by: WENN.COM
Jul. 2, 2014

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Women who take the contraceptive pill could have their fertility temporarily damaged and have difficulties measuring it as the markers are suppressed by hormones.

Danish scientists expressed concerns that the pill could hide a severely diminished ovarian reserve, so women cannot get an accurate assessment of their biological clock until three months after they had stopped taking it.

Dr. Katherine Birch Petersen, from Copenhagen University Hospital, says, "We do not believe the pill changes the ovaries in any permanent way. But we still need to know more about the recovery phase after women stop the pill...The pill is unlikely to change the basal ovarian biology of egg depletion - but it certainly changes the appearance of the ovaries and the secretion of AMH (hormone)."

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