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New Guidelines for birthcontrol after childbirth..please pass along

CDC Revises Recommendations for the Use of Birth Control Methods During the Initial Period After Childbirth
New recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say women who have just given birth should wait at least three weeks before they start using birth control pills because of the serious risk of blood clots. Women with risk factors for blood clots - such as delivery by Caesarean section, obesity, smoking, or a history of previous blood blots - should wait at least six weeks before using birth control pills.

Several studies have shown women are more likely to develop a blood clot in the weeks after delivery than nonpregnant women of reproductive age who have not just had a baby. The risk decreases quickly after 21 days but does not return to normal until 42 days after delivery. Since combination birth control pills that contain both estrogen and progestin also raise the risk of serious blood clots, they should be avoided during the three to six weeks after pregnancy, depending on the presence of other risk factors for blood clots. The CDC also states that women who are breast-feeding may want to avoid hormonal contraceptives because they can interfere with lactation.

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This alert is important for women of childbearing age who are currently pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Starting a birth control method soon after the delivery of a baby is important to prevent unintended pregnancy and short birth intervals, which can lead to negative health outcomes for mother and infant. Toward the end of your pregnancy, be sure to talk to your doctor about which birth control option is appropriate for you for the time period after you deliver your baby. Your doctor will be able to review your specific risks and provide birth control recommendations specific to your medical history and risk factors.

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:06 PM on Jul. 13, 2011 in Pregnancy

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  • THis is good information to pass along, especially considering all the questions that get posted here daily by women who are having sex yet have apparently zero education about pregnancy or birth control. All the snippy comments on this one are uncalled for.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:02 AM on Jul. 14, 2011

  • Ok. Everyone I know that had babies were told they had to wait 6 weeks to go on birth control after having a baby and that was 15 years ago.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 10:17 PM on Jul. 13, 2011

  • Yep like the others, me and all my mommy friends were all told to wait the 6 weeks pp.

    Answer by Jademom07 at 10:43 PM on Jul. 13, 2011

  • i didnt know ..i had my pp at 4weeks then came back a few weeks later to have my iud put in place i thought it was bc my insurance had to clear the coverage for it lol..glad this was posted

    Answer by rachel216 at 11:56 PM on Jul. 13, 2011

  • i had to wait at least 6 weeks after having my ds. i got it with my postparum check up

    Answer by dreamangel06 at 10:33 PM on Jul. 13, 2011

  • tho it sounds like most ppl already knew this (myself included), it still doesn't hurt to put it out there. you never know who isn't aware. education is never a bad thing IMO.

    Answer by mmsfirstone at 10:54 PM on Jul. 13, 2011

  • Good info... thx

    Answer by Mel_in_PHX at 12:43 AM on Jul. 14, 2011

  • Thank you for letting us know

    Answer by alcia_08 at 3:38 PM on Jul. 14, 2011

  • lol...

    Answer by matthewscandi at 10:18 PM on Jul. 13, 2011

  • – collapse
    Your question??

    This really is more of a journal post.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:08 PM on Jul. 13, 2011 (hidden) + expand