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Dr Diana Mansour answers your questions

  • How big an issue is it for women to be able to return to full fertility when they stop using a long-acting contraceptive?
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Return to fertility

At some stage in the future you may want to try to get pregnant again. Fortunately, there is no delay in a return to fertility after removal of the intrauterine system, the intrauterine device or the contraceptive implant, although it can take up to a year for your fertility to return once you stop have the 3-monthly contraceptive injections1.

Intrauterine system (IUS)

There is no effect on fertility, and after your intrauterine system is removed your fertility returns to ‘normal’ as before placement1.
Note: The intrauterine system (IUS) is also known as the ‘hormonal coil’.

Intrauterine device (IUD)

There is no effect on fertility, and after your intrauterine device is removed, your fertility returns to “normal” (as before placement)1.
Note: The intrauterine device (IUD) is also known as ‘the coil’ or copper IUD.

Contraceptive implant

There is no effect on fertility, and after your contraceptive implant is removed, your fertility returns to ‘normal’ as before placement1.

3-monthly contraceptive injection

Once you stop having the 3-monthly contraceptive injection, it can take up to a year for you to return to fertility and be able to get pregnant1. However, in most women the effect will have worn off 5 to 6 months after the last injection. Over 80 % of women will conceive within a year of their last injection2.