Monday, June 20, 2011

Birth Control While Breastfeeding

birth control while breastfeedingBreastfeeding

Folk medicine is often argued that breastfeeding is a natural form of contraception. While breast-feeding appears to aid in contraception will not be effective enough to rely on if the baby is exclusively fed from the breast. After the menstrual cycle appears much earlier, has taken the fertility and pregnancy can occur, despite the irregularities of the menstrual cycle or the continuation of breastfeeding.


Contraceptives that contain only progesterone are another option for birth control for breastfeeding mothers. Progestin drugs can be found only in the form of mini-pill, injections or some intrauterine devices. Progesterone acts to prevent implantation of the egg in the uterine lining. in some clinical trials, there was evidence that the progestin contraceptives may only reduce the supply of milk in nursing mothers, while other studies have reported an increase of almost 50 per cent in milk production. There was no definitive proof that contraceptives are progestin only harmful to infants. Their limitations, for example the mini-pill, are that they are less effective than pills containing estrogen and progesterone. In taking the progesterone-only mini pill, create a plan and follow it precisely. Barrier methods

For nursing mothers concerned or uncomfortable with the use of hormonal contraceptives, barrier methods to provide a safe alternative. Barrier methods prevent sperm from entering the uterus. Diaphragms, condoms for males or females, and contraceptive sponges are examples of barrier methods. If a membrane is used, check your device for signs of impairment of integrity, and learn how to properly clean the device. a copper intrauterine device is usually more convenient for nursing mothers, as it releases hormones and will not affect breastfeeding.


Condoms are a barrier method of birth control that should only be used during sexual activity and do not cause adverse effects on breastfeeding.


An IUD is a barrier device inserted into the uterus, and non-hormonal copper can be used by lactating women, without decrease in milk production.


The mini-pill is a birth control pill that contains only progesterone which does not interfere with the production of milk as opposed to estrogen in combination pills, and can be started six weeks after delivery.


Symptom-thermal method is a natural form of birth control that requires women to make daily observations of the signs of fertility to avoid intercourse during fertile days.

Lactation amenorrhea

According to the Mayo Clinic, the lactation amenorrhea method is 98 percent effective in women whose babies are less than 6 months who are exclusively by and for which periods have not returned.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, women who are certain they do not want more children may want to consider sterilization, which is almost 100 percent effective in preventing pregnancy and can be performed immediately after childbirth.

Expert Insights

The lactation amenorrhea method worked for me for 22 months after the birth of my daughter, when my period of recovery.

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