Post-baby contraception

Which contraception to use after the birth? Here are the options.

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You can get pregnant from three weeks after the birth, even if your periods haven’t returned yet. So although sex may be the last thing on your mind, make sure you’re protected.

For more info on family planning, see your GP or practice nurse or visit www.netdoctor.co.uk. Alternatively, for details of your nearest Family Planning Association clinic call 0845 310 1334 or visitwww.fpa.org.uk.

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Here’s our guide to what’s what in contraception:

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CONTRACEPTIVE TYPE IT HELPS TO KNOW Short-term options   Patch If you’re breastfeeding, it’s usually recommended that you wait for 6 months because the patch and… Combined pill …combined pill can reduce milk flow. If you’re not breastfeeding, you can use both from three weeks. Progestogen-only pill Suitable from three weeks, whether you’re breastfeeding or not. CondomM Use a water-soluble lubricant rather than an oil-based one, as oil may damage the rubber. Diaphragm or cap with spermicide Long-term options   Injection Noristerat lasts for eight weeks. Depo-Provera lasts for 12. It’s recommended you wait until six weeks. Implant Lasts for three years. Suitable from three weeks. Intrauterine device (IUD) or Intrauterine system (IUS) The IUD can last for up to 10 years, and IUS for up to five years. Suitable from four weeks.

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