Our resident GP talks about three of the best birth control options after you’ve given birth. We even have contraception that’s safe if you’re breastfeeding.

3 birth control options

After having a baby, there are lots of different types of contraception you might want to consider, depending on your plans.

1. Breastfeeding

Usually, if you’re breastfeeding, your body is also producing hormones that block you from ovulating. This means if your period hasn’t returned, breastfeeding can be a form of birth control. However, it’s not foolproof and if you’re not planning to fall pregnant any time soon, best not to be relied upon as the only form of contraception.

2. The mini pill

The projestin-only pill, more commonly known as the mini pill, is a perfectly safe birth control option for when you’re breastfeeding. It’s easily reversible and your fertility returns very quickly after you decide to stop it.

The main downside to the mini pill is that you need to take it at the same time every day for maximum effectiveness.

Relevant: Does the pill make you gain weight?

3. Birth control implants

IUD devices such as a Mirena or a birth control implant inserted into your arm such as Implanon are two options if you want to have a larger age gap between two children. The effectiveness of these devices lasts between three to five years.

Used properly, the Mirena is an extremely safe device. As an added benefit, women with a Mirena don’t get their periods.

Choosing the right birth control option for you

While the above three contraceptive options are recommended by our doctor, we suggest having a chat with your GP to find out the best option to suit your unique circumstances when it comes to family planning.

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