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Fertility delay varied with contraceptive method in study

Key clinical point: Women who used injectable contraceptives reported the longest delay in return to fertility (five to eight menstrual cycles).

Major finding: On average, the time to return of fertility after discontinuing use was five to eight menstrual cycles for injectable contraceptives, four cycles for patch contraceptives, three cycles for oral and ring contraceptives, and two cycles for hormonal and copper intrauterine devices and implants.

Study details: The data come from a prospective cohort study of 17,954 women aged 18-49 years who were trying to conceive and not receiving fertility treatment.

Disclosures: The study was supported by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health. Lead author Ms. Yland had no financial conflicts to disclose. Dr. Prager had no financial conflicts to disclose.


Yland JJ et al. BMJ. 2020 Nov 12. doi: 10.1136/bmj.m3966.