Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
Can talking birth control for an extended period of time (more than 20 years) affect my fertility?
A: Birth control pills are an artificial induction of infertility to your body. The female body is specifically programmed to procreate and therefore produce the necessary monthly cycles. It is unnatural to force the body to stop these cycles, and by changing the hormonal patterns within the body we are, in essence, reprogramming our body. The longer the period, the harder it becomes for the body to recover its original programming. This reprogramming does have adverse effects on your fertility, more severe in some than other cases. Generally it will take six to nine months before a healthy body can remember its original programming and return to its natural state. Consult with your natural health practitioner to determine the best way to help reprogram your body in preparation for conception.
You may find these specially formulated Traditions of Tao herbal supplements helpful in improving your chances of conception: “Women’s Wellness”, “Enduring Youth”, “Yang Exhaustion”, “Passages Plus”, and “Feminine Desire”; for your husband, “Dragon Male”. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.