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Babies 0-12 Months | Mom's Wellbeing

Post Birth Contraception Options

Holding your beautiful baby and relishing in the moment is first on your agenda. The last thing you want to consider is what post birth method of contraception you should choose.  However, you will need to think about this thoroughly before baby is born so you don’t find yourself in the same situation in less than a year’s time.

You can be fertile again within weeks of your baby’s birth, so you’ll need to decide about contraception even before you’re ready to have sex again.

Below is a list of types of contraception on offer:

Talk to your health care provider about the pros and cons of each contraceptive method, and how they affect breastfeeding so that you are able to make a more informed decision.

The Female condom

The female condom is a thin polyurethane pouch that’s inserted into your vagina before sex to prevent pregnancy. Soft rings at either end hold the pouch in place. What’s great about them is you can use them as soon as you’re ready to become sexually active again.

The Male condom

You may find condoms are the easiest type of contraceptive to use, because these can just be kept handy when needed.

Diaphragms and caps

Diaphragms and caps are soft, circular domes made of rubber or silicone. You insert your diaphragm or cap into your vagina each time you want to make love.

The combined pill

Usually just called the pill, it contains two hormones, oestrogen and progesterone. You take the pill every day for 21 days and then have seven pill-free days once in every 28 days, where you would experience a light period.

Contraceptive Patch

The patch is a thin, beige square that you apply to your skin like a plaster. It releases a daily dose of oestrogen and progesterone through your skin, into your bloodstream. You apply a new patch once a week for three consecutive weeks and then go without a patch for a week before starting the cycle again.

Intrauterine system (IUS)

An IUS is an implant that fits inside your uterus. It releases a steady dose of progesterone for up to five years. The IUD works by sitting inside the uterus and stopping sperm from reaching the egg or stopping a fertilised egg implanting. The IUD, otherwise known as the coil, can be fitted six weeks after a vaginal delivery, or eight weeks after a caesarean. The delay is to allow the uterus to return to its normal size and, in the case of a caesarean, for scar tissue to heal.

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