New Study Suggests Birth Control Pill Not Linked to Higher Risk of Birth Defects

January 21st, 2016

Birth control pillIf you are on birth control and happen to get pregnant, you may rest assured knowing that being on The Pill before or during pregnancy is not linked to a higher risk of your fetus developing a birth defect.

This study, conducted by researchers from the US and Denmark, looked at Danish birth registers for babies delivered between 1997 and 2011 and the amount of oral contraceptives used leading up to and early into the pregnancy. Out of the expectant mothers they studied, eight percent of them stopped using The Pill less than three months before they got pregnant, and one percent of them used oral contraceptives while pregnant.

Exogenous Sex Hormones & How They Affect Pregnancy

Researchers found that exogenous sex hormones that are found in oral contraceptives posed no significant risk for birth defects to the fetus. This study confirms findings from prior research that documented no chance of birth defects after a fetus is exposed to oral contraceptives.

Whether you stop using The Pill a couple of months before you get pregnant or you become pregnant while using oral contraceptives, know that it will unlikely lead to your baby having a major birth defect.

Meet with One of Our Fayetteville, NC Obstetricians

If you are having trouble getting pregnant or you would like more information on oral contraceptives, reach out to Highland OB/GYN today at (910) 485-1191. Our obstetricians would be happy to answer any questions you may have so you can feel confident about starting a family.