Perhaps age is a good indicator, or maybe you've been able to set your watch by your period all this time but now it's a heads or tails situation every month, or maybe your period has quit completely.
It's very likely that the reason why you are at the age of menopausal onset, or perimenopause, and still taking birth control, is that you don't want children. You may be weary of ending your relationship with hormonal oral contraceptives, because you fear you may still be able to get pregnant. If these are questions you would like answered, keep reading for more information.
Can I Get Pregnant during Perimenopause?
The short answer is yes. Until you have gone a full 12 months without receiving your period, a rite of passage known as menopause, you are still susceptible to random bouts of hormonal surges that could induce ovulation and leave you vulnerable to pregnancy. Keep in mind when going off hormonal birth control that it could take months for the hormones to completely clear from your system and to reveal that you still in fact do have a period.
How Can I Know If I've Entered Perimenopause on the Pill?
If you are taking birth control pills, perimenopause is virtually unrecognizable. That means you need to have a blood test performed to reveal the level of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) in your body. In order to collect accurate findings, your body needs to be as free from hormonal birth control medication as possible.
Can I Continue Taking Birth Control Pills?
The choice to continue taking birth control pills is entirely yours; however, it's always a good idea to see what your doctor thinks is best. There are plenty of alternatives available to prevent pregnancy:
• Intrauterine device (IUD)
• The sponge
Are Oral Contraceptives Harmful at This Stage?
Some professionals question the safety of hormonal birth control at any stage and perimenopause is no different. However, keep in mind that your natural body chemistry is shifting at this time so it may be necessary to adjust to a lower dosage.
More Information about Perimenopause
Consult your doctor or health professional. Altering your body's natural chemistry is risky at any stage of life, but particularly confusing during the onset of menopause. Hormonal imbalances can lead to unpleasant symptoms like hot flashes, mood swings, and unsightly hair growth. To learn more about these symptoms and how to manage them, click on the following link.
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