Contraception may be the last thing on your mind after you have had a baby. However, a woman can become pregnant again 3 weeks (21 days) after the birth of their baby, so it is best to be prepared. Here at Bradford Royal Infirmary, we can help you to choose a method which suits you.
We would encourage you to start thinking about contraception before you have your baby, and talk through your options with your midwife or healthcare professional.
After you have had your baby, a member of the team will discuss your options and provide you with written information. You may find this leaflet helpful from the Family Planning Association.
Long acting reversible contraceptive methods (LARC) are the most reliable methods and can be used straight after birth regardless of how you choose to feed your baby. These methods include the progesterone implant ‘Nexplanon’, the ‘Depo-Provera’ injection or a type of intrauterine coil (copper coil or intrauterine system). The progesterone only pill can be used straight after birth regardless of how you choose to feed your baby.
If you would like to use any of these methods for contraception, please inform a member of staff and we will organise for you to receive it prior to going home. If you are booked to have a caesarean section, a coil can be fitted easily and safely during your operation. We offer hormone-containing and non-hormonal (copper) coils, lasting between five and 10 years depending on the type. Almost everyone is eligible for at least one of the coils available, so ask your doctor when they book your caesarean section.
Combined hormonal contraception (methods containing oestrogen such as a pill, patch or ring) is not recommended straight after delivery and you may wish to consider an alternative method initially.
We also offer condoms to all patients who are being discharged from hospital after they have had their baby, but we would recommend you choose a reliable contraceptive method from the above too.
If you are now at home having had your baby, you can access local contraceptive services through Locala Sexual Health here, your GP or speak to your community midwife or health visitor for more information and guidance.