Please note Sandyford clinics will be shut on Monday 28th September 2020 for public holiday.
There are many very effective and safe methods of contraception that are ideal for people who have just had a baby and want to space their pregnancies or have long term contraception. Your midwife will discuss contraception with you during one of your antenatal visits. Staff in the hospital, or community, will make sure you can get your chosen method easily and quickly, to allow you to start it as soon as you have your baby. The need for contraception returns again as soon as 3 weeks after your baby is born, so ideally starting the sooner the better is best. If you have had a form of intrauterine contraception after having a baby you need to have a check-up at around 4-6 weeks to make sure the coil threads can be seen, and to trim them if needed. There may be a slightly higher chance of the coil becoming expelled as your womb returns to its non-pregnant size. Most women will be aware if this happens.
There are a number of contraceptive options available when you are breastfeeding. These should not affect your baby or your breast milk. Breastfeeding is not a reliable method of contraception However, you are less likely to get pregnant if:
If you have problems with breastfeeding or milk supply, you should contact the infant feeding centre in the hospital for advice.
If you did not get contraception before leaving hospital and you would now like to come to Sandyford to discuss your options please make an appointment online or call us. Please avoid unprotected sexual intercourse during this time.
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