The Pill, Menopause, and Your Egg Supply

I was talking with a friend the other day who told me that taking the pill postpones menopause, therefore giving you extra time to start a family. I hadn’t heard that before and decided to do a little research!
What I found was that the pill does not postpone menopause. Regardless of whether or not you have been taking birth control pills, you still lose eggs from your reserve each month. You usually start with about 200,000 available eggs following puberty. However these are quickly depleted about 50 at a time each month…..and of those 50, 49 usually don’t make it.
What does happen is that the pill keeps some of the symptoms of menopause from occurring. Many women notice this and assume that they have outsmarted menopause. Unfortunately, it is not that easy to keep menopause at bay.
So make sure you take advantage of your egg supply while it is still fully stocked! Smile


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