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Q: I've been taking Diane 35 for 1 1/2 years. Due to much improvement, I have stopped taking it for 3 months. But after that my acne re-occurred and it covers my chest area. Now the doctor had just advised me that I cannot stop taking Diane-35. I'm afraid that if I continue taking for a long time, I might not be able to conceive in the near future? Please advise.

A: Many women worry that it they take oral contraceptives for many years that their fertility will be affected. This question has been thoroughly studied in many thousands of women with the clear conclusion that taking the pill does not adversely affect fertility. So there is no reason to stop because a woman has been on it for a particular length of time.

Although the tendency for acne does eventually go away, it is unpredictable when this will happen. If the pill is controlling it and not causing any problems then continuing the pill is a reasonable option.

Hope this is helpful.


Geoffrey Redmond, MD

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