Once you’ve had a baby, you’re likely to be fertile again soon. Ovulation can begin as early as four weeks after delivery. It is better to wait for some time before you have another baby. Your healthcare provider will be able to help you choose from the various contraception methods. Here are some of the popular birth control choices after having a baby:
- Birth Control Pills
The birth control pills are one of the most popular birth control choices after having a baby. It uses hormones to halt ovulation, and is recommended to use when you’re ready for intercourse at six-week postpartum. When taken correctly, it is considered 99% effective. If you’re going to breastfeed, your doctor will prescribe a progestin-only pill, or the mini-pill, which will not affect your milk production. At KIMS Cuddles, we will help you choose from the various birth control pills available in the market.
- Intrauterine Device
The intrauterine device (IUD) is a small plastic T-shaped device which is inserted into the uterus and contains hormones or copper to prevent fertilization. There are three kinds of IUD devices. Mirena is a synthetic progesterone IUD that excretes a hormone for up to five years to immobilize sperm so that they don’t reach the egg. Skyla is another brand that does the same for three years. Another option is a copper IUD called ParaGard that releases a safe, small amount of metal to disable the sperm for up to 12 years. All these forms of birth control are 99 percent effective but have potential side effects that your doctor can help you discuss. You can ask your doctor to remove the IUD once you’re ready to try to get pregnant again.
When used properly, condoms are up to 98% effective in preventing pregnancy. For them to work correctly, it is important to put them on at the very start of the intercourse and remain on until finished. They might be a good method for you if you want to avoid medicines, devices or injections as birth control options. Condoms also protect you against sexually transmitted diseases, and also are one of the most preferred birth control choices after having a baby.
- Vaginal Rings
A vaginal ring is slender, flexible, plastic ring that is inserted in your vagina for a set period of time. It releases the hormones estrogen and progestogen. Similar to a birth control pill, it delivers hormones that suppress ovulation and is up to 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. A single ring lasts for 3 weeks (or 21 days) and you remove the ring when you get your period. A new ring is inserted after that. It isn’t the preferred choice for nursing mothers as it releases estrogen.
- Nonsurgical Sterilization
Nonsurgical sterilization is for those who are sure that their family is complete and they do not want any more children. It is a nonsurgical method to ensure that you never get pregnant again. A device is inserted vaginally into the fallopian tubes, creating a roadblock where fertilization must occur. Two small coils create scarring that ensures that sperm and egg can never meet. If you are sure you want to go for sterilization, talk to our doctors at KIMS Cuddles to know more.
There are plenty of birth control methods that you can choose from. Get in touch with our team of expert medical practitioners at KIMS Cuddles to find out what works the best for you.
*The opinions expressed in this article are not to be substituted for medical advice under any circumstance