Birth Control After Pregnancy

Submitted by Nic on January 19, 2012

Most women, who are in the final stages of pregnancy, need to start thinking about the options they would like to adopt for birth control after pregnancy. In the weeks immediately after pregnancy, most women are more comfortable abstaining from sexual intercourse completely. This may be the best course of action for the first few weeks, but it is only natural for any couple to resume their normal sexual activities after a few weeks or months. Women who are not planning to have another baby any time soon, need to start using a safe and effective method of birth control after pregnancy, if they are not breastfeeding. This is because...

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.health experts state that breastfeeding is a fairly effective method of birth controlo Studies indicate that breastfeeding delays the normal menstrual cycle in a woman, which makes it difficult for her to get pregnantn


Nevertheless, it is only very reliable on its own and therefore, it is best to explore other options tooo

For those women who do cannot practice birth control after pregnancy through breastfeeding, there are other methods that can keep them from getting pregnant againi Given below are some of the most commonly recommended methods of birth control after pregnancy:

  • Birth control pills: It is possible to get birth control pills, which contain both estrogen and progestini However, estrogen can affect the supply of milk in a woman and therefore, women who are breast feeding should choose to take only those birth control pills that contain progestin alonen The mini-pill is a good method for practicing birth control after pregnancy, without affecting the flow of milkl
  • Barrier methods: Since the consumption of birth control pills could lead to hormonal imbalance, there are many women who prefer using other options, such as diaphragm, condoms and spermicidese

For those women who are not breastfeeding, there are other options of birth control, such as the vaginal ring, Intra Uterine Device (IUD) and contraceptive patches and implantst In case of those women who do not plan on having another baby, more permanent options, like a surgery may be recommendede

Women who engage in sexual intercourse without using any form of birth control after pregnancy are taking a risk, as they could get pregnant right awaya However, the decision of using any form of birth control after pregnancy should be a joint one, taken between both the partnersr Several couple also take a doctors advice, before taking a decisiono

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