Birth control is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you have just given birth…..
But after the delivery, it is unknown when your period will start, therefor it is not possible to predict when you will ovulate for the first time again. Only when you have had your period you know that you ovulated about two weeks before. So you can conceive before you have had the first period after delivery.
If you do not want to become pregnant (for the time being), it is important to find out which contraception method suits you best. Every woman has different wishes. For example, are you breastfeeding, do you want to get pregnant again fairly soon, or are you sure that your family is complete?
Your situation will influence the choice you make. If desired, we can inform you about the different methods of contraception during your pregnancy. In any case, this topic is discussed during the post natal visits, as well as during the follow-up check-up at the practice 6 weeks after the delivery.
We would like to help you make a choice that suits you.
Hormonal birth control
There are different methods of birth control with hormones. Some contain only one hormone (progestin) and others 2 different hormones (progestin and estrogen).
Hormone-free birth control
There are also a number of methods of birth control without hormones. These can therefore be used while breastfeeding.
Insertion/removal of an I.U.D.
In our practice there are two midwives who are specialized in the insertion and removal of IUD’s. We place both hormone IUD’s (Mirena and Kyleena) and copper IUD’s (T-Safe and Ballerine), as of 12 weeks after the delivery. All four these IUD’s can be combined with breastfeeding.