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Contraception Advice for New Mums

Mum-friendly Contraception

Ok, so sex may be the last thing on your mind right now, but before the urge reappears why not reassess which contraception best suits your needs now you’re a mum. Here’s the lowdown on what’s out there...

The Pill

Mum-tip

If you’re a new mum and still breastfeeding, you won’t be able to take the combined pill as it contains oestrogen which affects your breast milk, so you may want to ask your doctor about alternative options. If you’re not breastfeeding you can take the combined pill 21 days after birth.

How it works

The combined pill contains two hormones: oestrogen and progestogen which are like hormones that occur naturally in your body. It's a highly effective contraceptive, but you need to make sure you follow the instructions on the packet very carefully because if you miss a pill you may not be fully protected and you could get pregnant. There is also a progestogen-only pill may be a good option for you if you can't take a pill that contains oestrogen. Take one pill at the same time each day without a break and check with your GP which one is most suitable for you.

Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC)

Mum tip

Many women who have just given birth like to use a long acting form of contraception, so they don’t have to think about it after it's fitted. The good thing about most of these methods is that fertility quickly returns when they are removed, so they are perfect for women who are considering having more children. All of the following options below can be used whether you are breastfeeding or not.

How they work

  • Intrauterine System (IUS) - Fitted inside the womb it works by releasing a steady dose of a hormone progestogen (the same hormone found in some contraceptive pills). This thickens the cervical mucus to stop sperm from reaching the egg and  the womb wall from thickening thus making any fertilised egg unlikely to implant. The IUS can be used for contraception for up to 5 years.
  • Intrauterine Device (IUD) - Sits inside the womb stopping sperm from reaching the egg or stopping a fertilised egg implanting. The IUD can be used for up to 5 or 10 years, depending on the type of device.
  • Injection - Usually given in the bottom but is sometimes given in the upper arm or leg. It gives you protection from getting pregnant for up to 12 weeks, but you must have regular injections in order to stay protected.
  • Subdermal Implant - A small flexible rod that is placed underneath the skin on the inside of the upper arm. You can feel it under the skin but it can’t be seen. It must be fitted by a doctor or healthcare professional and lasts for up to three years.

The IUS, the IUD and the Subdermal Implant need to be fitted by a trained healthcare professional.

Did you know
  • Most women spend less than 10 minutes a year discussing contraception with their healthcare practitioner
  • This year is the 50th anniversary of The Pill and there are now over 20 different types of pill available
  • You can find more information at www.contraception.co.uk as well as by asking your GP

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I don't know what to use, before i was pregnant i was told i was allergic to high levels of progesteron and should avoid it, as i took the pill for a month and ended up in a&e with a swollen stomach and a rash everywhere! and even though we used condoms, i'm pregnant now so they mustn't have worked, most other female contraceptives have the same hormones as the pill and i want to breast feed, any ideas? or just fend him off. thorn
i have been trying for baby number 2 with my husband since august and nw im 4 weeks late done a test this morning and there is 2 lines but one is so faint u can only just see it does this mean im pregnant i have all the symptons of being pregnant
oubebes1 - you can have sex whenever you feel ready! If you had stitches, I would wait a few weeks! I had to have stitches, waited 3 weeks until we had sex again and everything was fine!! With the pill, it will affect everyone differently. I was on the pill for about 5 years, then changed to the mini pill. Was on that for 2 years, didn't have a period throughout! I stopped taking it in March 2012, fell pregnant April/May 2012 and now have a healthy 8week old Boy!! I've already had a period so have now gone back onto the mini pill! I think each person has to find the right contraception for them & start taking/using it when they feel ready! xx
When can I start having sex after I've had my baby?
i went on the pill when i was 15 i stopped taking it when i turned 20, as my boyfriend and i wanted to start a family. it tuck and year and half to concive and i ended up having a misscarraige at 10 weeks. im now 25 with a 6 month old baby girl. it tuck me 4 years to manage to concive and have a healthy pregnancy. i also have a friend that cant have children now because she was on the pill.
I want to have the rod in my arm but I have been told that it plays with your hormones and don't want it to mess around with my milk production ass I am expressing and trying him on the breast for my boy who is in special care at the moment. What would be the best option as I want to be back on the pill soon
I'm on the mini pill & it's 99% effective, i'm breastfeeding & I had periods since my little girl was 8 weeks old xx
my girls is 36wks & i've gone back for IUD (copper-t),the one without hormone. i had implanted same previously for 4 years & we planned for baby & i removed that. soon after next month i became pregnant . it worked for me , very satisfied .i had no problem at all not now not then....
hi.my baby is 12 weaks old but i am not using any conterception.i m bit confused which contreception is suitable for me.i hav decied to put the quail bt i m so scared..
I've had my baby he was born 11 weeks premature and as soon as I could I went back on the pill and still am but sometimes I wonder if I could be pregnant again and then my period comes unexpected. Which is a relief in the mean time im thinking of coming off the pill and having the contraceptive injection I don't want IUD as I've read and heard by people it can get lost the same with if I wanted the implant...
I'd like to know more about the options of male contraception... And I think it's strange how it doesn't even appear on this page, since that would be a nice options since the mum may be breastfeeding and not interested in having more hormonal changes.
I am currently 35 weeks with my first baby. fell pregnant 1 year after having the implant Nexplanon fitted. i have been to so many appointments since falling pregnant because now they apparently can not find the implant to remove it. It was suggested that it was never actually there in the first place and that what i could feel was scar tissue. Planning on taking this as far as i can to get answers as I have been through hell reorganising my life ready to make room for a baby that i wasnt planning on having for another 3 years. Wouldnt change it for the world now though.
I'm terrified of falling pregnant again I have had 3 babies in under 3 years!
i got preg on the coil and is stuck inside me near my bladder, do checks on were you will be getting it fitted ,
dont want to scare any one but am currently preg with the copper coil in me near my bladder somewhere , i would never get this again . i dont know what will happen and the hosptial are unsure , but i have made it to 3months and 2 days so fingers crossed all will be good.
I'm thinking about going back on the pill again, although when I first started taking it a few years ago I got a lot of yeast infections. Me and my partner started talking about trying for a baby but though we would wait a little bit longer so I decided to go on the depo injection which was a BIG mistake. I had two of these and bled the whole way through for 6 months which was terrible, so stopped haven't that and took us a year to conceive for our baby after coming off of it. I don't think anyone should consider the depo injection and if they do I think they need to research it because I didn't and it really messed my body up. All good now though because i'm 20 weeks pregnant :) so excited x
I have an appointment to have an implant as I had my baby six weeks ago, however am so horrified because of all the horror stories I have heard. People say it can be painful and it can cause depression cos the hormones will be all over the place. Am just wondering how true this is.xx
just wondering if im pregnant....took my ist dose of the pills on the ist of march,had my ist and last period aweek later,still breastfeeding exclusively and feeling extremely tired and sleepy. Can i be pregnant as my baby is just 3mths old?
I've had the implant before and had it in for the 3 years, I've just had my 3rd baby who is coming up 4 wks old, ive not had a period yet, so can I still have the implant put in straight way?
I don't know what to use, before i was pregnant i was told i was allergic to high levels of progesteron and should avoid it, as i took the pill for a month and ended up in a&e with a swollen stomach and a rash everywhere! and even though we used condoms, i'm pregnant now so they mustn't have worked, most other female contraceptives have the same hormones as the pill and i want to breast feed, any ideas? or just fend him off
Hey just wondering i want to get the implant do you have to be on your period to get it done and do you have to make an app with your doctor to be given a date ? or do you just make and app for it to be fitted lol ?
hi ladies,what's the best form of contraceptive that does'nt have weight gain as a side effect
Hmm I'm not looking forward to the contraception talk, no health care professional has ever taken me seriously when I try to explain that anything that upsets my natural hormonal balance has either made me throw up, or resulted in extreme aggression or suicidal depression (those are the possible outcomes and there are no exceptions). Hormonal contraceptives have never been kind to me, they just turned me into a Jeckyl and Hyde personality, also they increased acne, and weight gain at which point I fealt really non-sexy and lost my libido and never had sex anyway so I thought what's the point and came off it. Same for the Implanon, and so I am very sure it will be the same for the IUS. IUD I think doesn't contain any hormone, but both IUS and IUD go against my personal (not religious) beleifs, and I do not care what anybody says I am NOT getting one. We will probably use condoms again (as failure is rare for me, and this is a planned pregnancy) if not my partner has said he is willing to freeze some sperm and get his tubes tied, as this baby is the first child for me, but his 4th.
I gained so much wait on the pill! Plus was taken off the pill by the doctors due to stomach issues. Don't fancy an implant or an IUD. Don't really no what to do other than use condoms which isn't ideal. Any suggestions?
I think I've tried them all. I had implant fitted after 2 nd son 3 years ago And it was fine... but I was always tired.. so I had it removed and had a iud fitted, big mistake.. my period were heavy and got heaver I put more weight on than with the implant.. it hurt and I could feel it, but as my periods were heavy it had come down from where it should be. Which is why it hurt. I then went on the combined pill..which I kept forgetting to take, I've decided now when baby is born to have implant fitted again.
Confuss.com
Hi there, my baby is 5 months old and i stopped breastfeeding at 6 weeks as to lack of supply. Since she was eight weeks i went back on the pill ( microval) and not had a period since i finally stopped after birth. I have been taking pack after pack after pack with no break as i always hate having periods and went to the chemist to get another pill and asked if i need to take a break or not. The lady there said that no i shouldnt and i should be having a period in the month! So terrified i was pregnant again i bought a preg test and was negative but still dont know what is wrong? If i dont breastfeed then surley as baby is 5mths now i should b having a peroid by now? Ps i love in south africa so pills maybe different to Uk. Should i see a doctor or gynea?
Hi there, my baby is 5 months old and i stopped breastfeeding at 6 weeks as to lack of supply. Since she was eight weeks i went back on the pill ( microval) and not had a period since i finally stopped after birth. I have been taking pack after pack after pack with no break as i always hate having periods and went to the chemist to get another pill and asked if i need to take a break or not. The lady there said that no i shouldnt and i should be having a period in the month! So terrified i was pregnant again i bought a preg test and was negative but still dont know what is wrong? If i dont breastfeed then surley as baby is 5mths now i should b having a peroid by now? Ps i love in south africa so pills maybe different to Uk. Should i see a doctor or gynea?
My baby is 3 months old and I had my appointment about starting contraception , as I am breast feeding I decided to try the mini-pill which works fine for me. Iv been thinking about getting the implant though so I dont have to remember to take tablets everyday but would like some advice about it first x
my baby is now 10 months and I also had the problem of gaining weight and with the pill I always for get to take it, so after I had my little girl I struggled to deicide what contraceptive to have but then a came across the coil with OUT the hormone in it and I have not put on weight, I have managed to loose it and I have had no problems what so ever with it you cannot feel it at all and also it doesn't hurt its a little bit uncomfortable but it was appserlutly fine I would recommend it 100% and it last for 5 years and you can have it removed any time you like.
I am due in 2 weeks and 1 days but want contraception as soon as my baby arrives. However before I got pregnant I just had the implant removed and was told that I wasn't allowed half of the contraception out there because I put weight on with the implant. Therefore I am very limited on what I can use and I don't know whether it is a vanity thing but I could not be able to go through the deporessing time of weight gain again and therefore am limiting myself on the different contraceptions I can take. I am very confused and need more information on contraception, the advantages and disadvantages.
i had the implant for almost 3yrs and when i remove it i got pregnant the following month. i think is the best one even though i put on wieght. Am thinking of having it again after my 6weeks checks. you dont need to think about contraceptives for a long time and is in your arm not womb.
ive had the implant fitted for first week it hurt soo much the pain was a killer soon as the 2nd week hit all i have done is bleed very heavy which never did before come monday i booking a apt and having it out !!! never again
I had the implanon fitted last month, started my period on the 7th October and am still on it!!!! Went to drs today about it and was given some more drugs to help with the bleeding... If this doesn't work having it removed. My hormones are all over
Btw did you know that the contraceptive pill, the IUD and the coil are abortificient? The pill can cause an early abortion and has many risks such as increase risk of cancer, and the IUD and Coil both cause early abortions.
What about natural family planning? It is 99% effective when used properly and you don't take any drugs or injections! It can also improve your marriage believe it or not because communication is key. There is a special postpatrum guide which you can purchase: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Natural-Family-Planing-Postpartum-Guide/dp/09264... You can work out when you're fertile and when you're infertile very easily. We practised NFP to postpone a pregnancy for 2 years and I never got pregnant until the time we tried for a baby so I can witness to its effectiveness. BTW Natural Family Planning is not the rhythm method! It is scientifically much more accurate.
the pill causes cancer it is not this great thing that deserves a 50th anniversary it ages the womb as it thinks its constantly pregnant and in turn can cause infertility it is not something that should be taken on lightly research the pill it is a cause for a lot of illness in todays society but as it is such a money maker for the government the information is suppressed
well i had a mirina coil fitted after 2 months of my little boy being born, for the first year i had heavy bleeding but then settled after to just regular periods. two days ago i found out that i am pregnant and after going for a scan have found out that my coil had probably fallen out!!!! made even worse by the fact that i was about to get sterilised!!! not a happy bunny!!
Hi! im still thinking of wot contraception i want to go for.....my son is 5mths and still avnt sorted it out. i dnt really want to put hormones bk into my body so im considering the coil as it doesnt release hormones,(well one of the coils). anyone have any feed back on this?? would love someone to make it easier for me to decide. thanx ;0)
Amp1412, I empathise. Fell pregnant with the pill, the coil, and now the pill again. gggrrrr
I'm thinking the implant is probably the right one for me but it makes me a little queezy thinking about it (even after labour, softy i know) Does it hurt? How is it inserted?
i havent got a clue what to go back on when our baby arives (due a week today) because i fell pregnant while using the coil!Only had it in for 9 months.we were taking mesures and it still happened. This happened to anyone on here, you feeling the same way, confussed.com? Just feel it may affect my parter and I relationship.
i'm due to get the implant fitted next tuesday.. i've heard alot of different things about it good and bad.. but it seems like the right thing for me i'm defo not ready to have another lil one yet.. lets hope i have good experiences like PP :) x
Hi i had the depo (12 weeks) and then tried the pill microgynon 30 never again the depo completly changed me i was moody, depressed and terrible water retension i was glad to get off the depo and i piled on a lot of weight, with microgynon 30 i messed up my pills and now im month 30 and finally getting back to normal and natural, you choose which one suits yourself and/or you partner, good luck and reserch before you try any contraception don't make the same mistake as i did i didn't reserch the depo where as i should of!
The implant is definitely the best one out there (for me anyway) £ years without having to think about it! I had one before I got pregnant and got pregnant literally a month after having it taken out. As we are planning to have another baby about 1/2 yrs after this one I will be getting the implant as soon as she is born. I don't like how the pill and injection mess up your cycle for months after, that can't be good for your body
I got the implant put in and it was very easily done. My arm was a bit sore and bruised after but now I don't even realise it's there. It's great as u don't have 2 remember 2 take a pill every morning. Also it wears away within a week of being taken out if ur looking to have another baby were as the pill will probably take longer. U also get a card with it to keep in ur purse 2 tell u when it's due to be taken out and replaced