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No. Using hormonal birth control won’t cause you to have a miscarriage or cause birth defects. This is true no matter how long you took birth control before you got pregnant. 

Birth control pills, the ring, the patch, the shot, and the hormonal IUD are intended to prevent pregnancy before it happens. Taking hormonal birth control during early pregnancy (before you know you’re pregnant) also won’t cause a miscarriage or birth defects. However, as soon as you find out you’re pregnant, stop taking birth control or talk to your nurse or doctor about having it removed. 

Most medicines that are prescribed by your nurse or doctor won’t cause a miscarriage, and miscarriages are almost never caused by something you did. Learn more about the causes of miscarriages.


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