Expert / 10 March, 2019 / My Baba
Once that little bundle (or bundles) of joy has arrived, the first thing the midwife asks you is ‘what kind of contraception will you be using?’ to which you grimace and think the world has gone mad. However, even if you are breastfeeding you may start to ovulate very soon after your delivery and therefore you are at risk of pregnancy if you return to sexual intercourse without protection.
Your choices of contraception may have changed since delivery, for example some of the choices such as the combined pill are not suitable if you are breastfeeding, and in addition if you are still carrying some of your baby weight your BMI may be too high for certain choices.
The spacing of your family may also be important, if you are not planning to have another baby for at least a year, one of the long-acting contraception choices may be appropriate. Here are your options:
This is ‘the pill’. Your BMI needs to be below 30 and if it is, you may be eligible to take it up to the age of 50.
This is what people often refer to as ‘the mini pill’. You take this pill every day without the 7 day break you have when taking the combined oral contraception pill.
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This is what is commonly referred to as the ‘coil’. IUS has some progesterone in it which leaks out and usually causes less bleeding. As hormone levels are low, there are generally fewer systemic side effects. The procedure to insert it takes a few minutes more than a smear test and is only a little more uncomfortable.
This used to be a three-monthly trip to the doctors office for an injection. However, a new product on the market will allow you to administer the injection yourself at home.
After having a baby, things can feel different. Make sure you speak to your healthcare provider about the choices available to you.