Just had a baby?
Pregnant or just had a baby? Contraception maybe the last thing on your mind but it’s never too late to start thinking about your contraception.
You need to start using contraception 21 days (three weeks) after giving birth or you risk becoming pregnant again.
If you are not breastfeeding some of the options you might consider are:
- You can start taking the combined pill 21 days after your baby is born.
- You can start taking the progestogen only pill 21 days after your baby is born.
- You can have the contraceptive injection (Depo-Provera) when your baby is 6 weeks old and this will protect you against pregnancy for 3 months. If you want the injection you will have to use alternative contraception from when your baby is three weeks old until you have your injection, otherwise you risk getting pregnant again.
- You can have the contraceptive implant 21 days after having your baby. The implant will protect you against pregnancy for 3 years
- If you want to have a coil (IUD or IUS) fitted, this can be done 4 weeks after your baby is born.
If you are breastfeeding it is usually recommended that you wait until baby is 6 months old before using the combined pill, patch and vaginal ring. This is because they contain oestrogen which may reduce milk flow.