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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.

Non-hormonal Contraceptives:

Intrauterine Devices (IUDs):

Hormonal Methods:

Permanent Sterilization:

Dr. Cheryl Sharp, Chief Content Officer
Cheryl is a midwife and women's health nurse practitioner who has been caring for women, newborns, and families more than 30 years. She views the opportunity to journey with women through their pregnancy and beyond as a sacred privilege.