How to protect after childbirth

How to protect after childbirth


During the period of breastfeeding, the active production of hormones oxytocin and prolactin occurs in the woman's body. These hormones prevent the onset of ovulation, however, unfortunately, not all women. To suppress ovulation, you need a certain amount of these hormones. And, as a rule, if a woman is breastfeeding her baby every 4 hours, then oxytocin and prolactin in the body is enough to not become pregnant. But, if the breast feeding is irregular or you in addition use the complementary method, the woman's organism will allocate insufficient quantity of hormones that can not guarantee the suppression of ovulation and the prevention of unwanted pregnancy. It is also important to note the fact that many women, even during breastfeeding, begin ovulation within 3 weeks after delivery. And the woman, again pregnant, does not even suspect that she is carrying under the heart of the baby, because she is sure that it takes time to normalize the menstrual cycle. Thus, we came to the conclusion, Breastfeeding as a method of protection after childbirth is not the best way to contraception.

Oral contraceptives

Contraceptive pills are not suitable for all women - this time. Especially if this woman is a nursing mother. The fact is that some contraceptive pills include the hormone estrogen, which reduces the amount of milk. Therefore, for breastfeeding mothers, it is best to take oral contraceptives with small doses of progesterone, which does not affect the production of milk. But here, before resorting to this method of contraception, it is necessary to weigh the pros and cons. Remember that hormonal contraceptives have a number of contraindications and are not suitable for every woman. In addition, pick up a drug that will suit you perfectly - very difficult even for the most experienced specialist. As a result, against the background of taking tablets, depression, frequent migraines, excess weight, etc. can develop. Think carefully, do you agree to such "sacrifices?".

Intrauterine devices for contraception

Very many mothers, fearing the side effects of tablets, are resolved on the intrauterine device or diaphragm. However, it is important to know that these funds are not recommended for all women, and they can be used only when the uterus returns to its original size. In addition, if a woman has had an ectopic pregnancy or has been diagnosed with endometriosis, the use of an intrauterine device is strictly prohibited. Thus, we understand that the spiral can only be delivered some time after the birth, and not every woman. Note also that this procedure is not cheap.


Perhaps the most accessible and effective way of contraception after delivery is using a condom. Especially if it is with spermicide lubrication. However, this method also has disadvantages: a condom can tear or slip. Therefore, we recommend that you purchase only a high-quality product and only in a pharmacy, given the size of the rubber product, which is also important.

Constant contraception

The method of sterilization and vasectomy is resorted to if, by agreement of both partners, the planning of the child is no longer included in your plans.

As you can see, the method of protection after childbirth, which is uniquely suitable for any couple simply does not exist today. Therefore, Still, we recommend that you discuss this intimate and sensitive issue with a specialist - a gynecologist, who will help you find the right solution to this issue and enjoy the sex life in full!

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