When to begin methods after pregnancy.

  • Published 1997 in Network

Abstract

This chart provides guidance in choosing suitable contraceptive methods for breast-feeding mothers, non-breast-feeding mothers, women who had an abortion during the first or second trimester, and men. Men may use vasectomy at any time during the reproductive period and immediately after pregnancy. Breast-feeding mothers may use, immediately after delivery, the lactational amenorrhea method (LAM), condoms, spermicides, and sterilization. IUDs may be inserted within 48 hours or after 6 weeks for breast-feeding mothers, non-breast-feeding mothers, and postabortion women in any trimester. Risk of expulsion within 48 hours is lower with immediate insertion. After 6 weeks, breast-feeding mothers may use a diaphragm, cervical cap, sponge, or progestin-only methods such as Norplant. After 6 months, breast-feeding mothers may use any combined hormonal contraceptive. Injectables or pills are recommended for breast-feeding mothers only if lactation is well established and other options are not available or not acceptable. Non-breast-feeding mothers may immediately use condoms, spermicides, sterilization, and progestin-only methods. After 3 weeks, non-breast-feeding mothers may use combined hormonal methods. After 6 weeks, non-breast-feeding mothers may use the diaphragm, cervical cap, or sponge. Women who had a first-trimester abortion may use any method immediately. Women who had a second-trimester abortion may immediately use condoms, spermicides, progestin-only methods, sterilization, or combined hormonal methods. After 6 weeks, postabortion women may use a diaphragm, cervical cap, or sponge.

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@article{1997WhenTB, title={When to begin methods after pregnancy.}, author={}, journal={Network}, year={1997}, volume={17 4}, pages={12} }