Today’s blog comes from Charlotte, a young mum who’s been keeping us up-to-date with her adventures while she’s pregnant. Here she talks about why she’s planning her contraception options now, and also what contraception you can use after birth.
This week at antenatal, we had to decide or at least have an idea about what contraception we’re going to be using after our babies are born. We had a woman from family planning down to show us what the implant looked like, and what the coil felt and looked like.
Safe to say, I’ve got my contraception methods and appointments in place for after my birth!
I’ll be having using the progestogen-only pill which you take every day without a break as soon as I’m ready. But then after 6 weeks I’ll be having a coil, which apart from 6-monthly checks doesn’t have to be changed for up to 5 years, which for me will be easier.
That way I won’t forget my pill, and won’t need to go every 13 weeks for an injection.
You may think it’s silly to think about contraception while you’re pregnant, but you can get pregnant again so easily after your baby’s born, even if your periods haven’t come back. So it’s important to talk to the doctor or someone at the family planning centre about your options while you’re still pregnant.
What contraception can you use after birth?
As soon as you want to:
If you’re likely to have sex less than 21 days after you’ve given birth, then you can use the progestogen-only pill or condoms as soon as you want to.
You can sometimes have a coil or IUS fitted 48 hours after you’ve given birth, but if this isn’t possible then you’ll need to wait 6-8 weeks.
After 21 days:
If you are breastfeeding your baby, you can use the contraceptive implant or condoms 21 days after you’ve given birth. The combined pill or the patch may affect your milk supply, so it’s best to wait until your baby is six months old to start having these.
If you are unable to breastfeed, or choose not to, you can go back to your normal contraception methods such as the combined pill, vaginal ring or contraceptive patch after 21 days.
After 6 weeks:
Once your baby is 6 weeks old, you can speak to your doctor about getting the injection, diaphragm or cap. Giving birth can sometimes mean you need a different size to the one you had before you got pregnant, so it’s important to speak to your doctor to make sure your new one fits correctly.
What contraception will you be using after your baby’s born?
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