What type of birth control is best to use after having a baby?
Real Mom Problem
“I am currently pregnant with my third baby and I'm pretty sure I don't want any more.”
- 1. Discuss your birth control options with your doctor
- 2. If you're breastfeeding, look for a birth control that is safe for nursing moms
- 3. Consider the side effects of any birth control medication you choose
- 4. Many moms choose condoms or birth control pills
- 5. Some moms prefer a longer term solution, such as an IUD
- 6. Remember, breastfeeding is not a fail-safe method of birth control
Real Mom Solutions
Go with the Simplest Option
We've always used just condoms, and amazingly it's never let us down! We only got pregnant when we tried.
Try a Longer Term Solution
I have the Implanon and I absolutely love it. I don't have to worry about getting pregnant, and other than the occasional two day periods I don't really have a period anymore. I have had no extra weight gain or affects from the hormones. It took about a month for my hormones to level but after eight months of having it everything is back to normal without pregnancy scares.
I have the Mirena and I like it. It's good and lasts 5 years. I like how I don't have to remember to take a pill or get a shot every few months.
Take Your Chances
None, I tend to get really crappy side effects from birth control (weight gain, moodiness, etc...) so we're just very careful. I track my ovulation and we use condoms when necessary.
I don't use anything except breastfeeding, which I know isn't totally reliable, but we don't mind that.
When You're Really Done Having Kids
I have used the pill which made me gain weight, and was difficult to remember to take every day at the same time when I had a baby to take care of. Tried spermicides, which gave me a rash down there. Had a Mirena which perforated through my uterus, and had to be surgically removed. Used the Nuva ring which caused my hair to start falling out in clumps. Went back to condoms which worked fine, but are kind of a hassle to use all the time. So when we decided we were done having kids (after baby #3) we decided to have a permanent fix. I decided to have a tubal done at the same time as my c-section... but if I would not have needed a c-section my husband would have gotten a vasectomy.
My husband had a vasectomy. It was the least he could do after I gave birth to three - vaginally - without pain meds. It was the best way for us. We were done, I'd been through enough, and it is very effective.