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Birth Control at Age of 45

08/18/2009

Question:

Is it necessary for a woman at the age of 45 be on birth control pills for prevention of birth, and is it safe? Also what age would do you decide to use other methods of birth control other than the pill.

Answer:

As long as woman has not reached menopause it is possible for her to conceive, and she should use contraception if she does not want to be pregnant. Healthy women with normal blood pressures and no significant underlying health disorders may use birth control pills until they reach menopause. Other effective methods of contraception that would be appropriate for women who have no plans for future pregnancy include sterilization; intrauterine devices, the contraceptive implant, and shot. 

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Response by:

Lisa M Keder, MD, MPH Lisa M Keder, MD, MPH
Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University