It’s probably not the first thing on your mind after the birth of your baby: contraceptives. You will ovulate before experiencing your first postnatal menstruation. This means you can conceive even before you’ve had a period. There is no telling when exactly you will be fertile after giving birth which is why is important to consider which contraceptive method is suitable for you.
There are several types of contraceptives available. There are several factors in determining which is best suited to your situation, including breastfeeding, and if you are planning to conceive again in the near future.
Are you nursing? You are not protected against a new pregnancy. For breastfeeding mothers, an intrauterine device (IUD), condoms and the mini pill are good options. If you are not breastfeeding, there are several additional options. You can then choose the birth control pill, an IUD, the Nuvaring, Implanon, condoms or monitoring your temperature.
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Implanon NXT is a small, thin rod that a physician implants in your upper arm. Once inserted, you are protected against pregnancy for 3 years. The implant releases a consistent dose of hormones and does not have a stop week. You therefore are unable to influence your menstruation.
With Natural Cycles you take your temperature each morning with a thermometer. You then enter your temperature into the Natural Cycles app. You are directly informed whether you are fertile that day and which phase of your cycle you are currently in. This allows you to determine whether you require protection to prevent pregnancy.