Post-Baby Birth Control: Options for Postpartum Sex | Fit Pregnancy

Post-Baby Birth Control Options

You’ll need to use some form of protection. Find out what's safe and recommended.

If you’re not breastfeeding, you can also try these:

Combined-Hormone Birth Control Pill


How it works: A pill containing both estrogen and progestin is taken daily. Suppresses ovulation; also thickens the cervical mucus, thereby blocking sperm and preventing fertilization in case ovulation does occur. Effectiveness:95% to 99%.
Pros: High effectiveness rate; convenience; spontaneity.
Cons: Must not be used if you are over the age of 35 and smoke, as these factors can significantly increase your risk of heart attack, blood clots and stroke. Also, estrogen can reduce milk supply, so if you’re breastfeeding, your clinician will need to determine whether the combined-hormone pill is an option for you.

NuvaRing


How it works: You insert a small, flexible ring into your vagina once a month, where it remains for three weeks; you then remove it on the fourth week. Contains estrogen and progestin to suppress ovulation; also thickens the cervical mucus, thereby blocking sperm and preventing fertilization in case ovulation does occur.
Effectiveness: 95% to 99%.
Pros: High effectiveness rate; convenience; spontaneity.
Cons: Possible increase in vaginal discharge; estrogen can reduce milk supply, so if you’re nursing, your clinician will need to determine whether NuvaRing is an option for you.

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