Intimacy and Birth Control
Before you go home from the hospital or birth center you will probably be asked about birth control options even though we do not recommend having sex until your 4-6 week postpartum check up because your body is still healing.
However, it is a good idea to know what you plan to use if you do not want another pregnancy right away. Some methods like Depo Provera (a shot) can even be given before you go home.
There are many types of birth control methods and a few things that you should know before you decide. For instance some methods are not recommended if you are breastfeeding your baby because they can decrease milk production. Other methods are not as reliable and some are more difficult to use. We will present some of the most common options and a little bit about each one. We recommend that you perform a search by name of the ones that interest you for details, and discuss them with your provider.