Contraception methods after childbirth

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    There are no rules set in stone for when you can start to enjoy a sex-life again after childbirth, but you may want to think about the contraception methods available to you.

    The condom
    Probably the easiest of contraceptions

    The combined pill
    If you are not breast feeding, you should start to take this pill 21 days after childbirth. If taken after this time it won’t be reliable for up to 7 days. Taking the pill during breast feeding reduces he milk flow.

    Progestogen-only pill
    This is normally offered to breast feeding mothers as it wont affect the milk supply to the baby. This also starts 21 days after childbirth and is to be taken the same time every day.

    Cap or diaphragm
    These can be used 6 weeks after childbirth. You put the diaphragm into your vagina before sex, positioning it so that it keeps sperm from getting near your cervix.
    Cervical caps are much smaller – about the size of a small egg-cup. You have to put the cap directly onto your cervix to stop sperm getting in.

    IUD (intra-uterine device) or Coil
    An IUD is a small T-shaped plastic and copper device which is inserted into your womb (uterus).
    It works by stopping the sperm and egg from surviving in the womb or fallopian tubes.

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