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How soon do I need to use contraception?
You can become pregnant again quickly after the birth whether you are
breast or bottle feeding, therefore you must use contraception every time you
have sex. Don’t wait for your periods to return, or until you have your postna-
tal check before you use contraception, as you could become pregnant again
before then.
When can I start to use contraception?
You can use male and female condoms as soon as you want to. Other methods
of contraception will need to be discussed with your GP. If you are going to
use a hormone contraceptive then you need to start after 21 days following
your baby’s birth. Your GP will make sure you are given the correct type.
Which contraceptive method will be suitable for me?
This depends on what you and your partner prefer, your medical history,
any problems you had in the pregnancy and if you are breastfeeding.
Your GP should be able to advise you on this. There are three main methods
of contraception:
Hormonal methods, such as oral contraceptive
pills, patches, implants, and injections.
Barrier methods include the diaphragm and condoms.
Male and female condoms are easy over-the-counter choices.
The IUD, intrauterine contraceptive device.
Will breastfeeding act as a contraceptive?
Breastfeeding is not 100% effective in preventing pregnancy.
Can I use emergency contraception after the birth?
Yes. If you have unprotected sex you can use emergency contraception.
If you are breastfeeding, using the emergency pill will not harm the baby or
affect the breast milk. Your GP or pharmacist will be able to provide further
information on this.
Where can I get advice?
You and your partner can visit your doctor, practice nurse, family planning
clinic or sexual health clinic.
Will contraception protect me from sexually transmitted infections?
Most methods of contraception do not protect you from sexually transmitted
infections. Male and female condoms, when used correctly and consistently,
can help protect against sexually transmitted infections. Diaphragms and caps
may also protect against some sexually transmitted infections.
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