Sex is a hard road to tread after childbirth. There’s no knowing the damage the birth process will do to your body. That damage varies so much among women that there is no clear answer as to when you will be having sex again. There’s no right or wrong, and you can have sex as soon after the birth as you like. Listen to your body, though, and accept when it’s not ready. Forcing yourself to have sex too early will only cause more damage, and mean that you have to wait even longer. When you are ready to start again, you want to make sure you don’t fall pregnant straight away. One baby is bad enough, and you won’t want to be pregnant during that stressful first year! Contraception is something you’ll want to consider before resuming any intimacy. When looking into methods, it’s worth considering what your long term plans are. Don’t jump into a long term contraception if you’re going to want to try for another child in a few years time! Here’s a run-down of some of your options.
Contraception: THE PILL
The contraceptive pill is one of the least invasive contraceptives on offer. All you have to do is remember to take a pill at the same time each morning. There are different types of pill on offer, from the combined pill to the progestogen-only pill. Look into the effects of each pill to decide which one will work best for you. Talking to your doctor can also be a great help in deciding which option to pick. You can take the progestogen-only pill from the moment you give birth. You do have to wait three weeks before taking a combined pill. Don’t let that put you off, though, as it’s not possible to get pregnant during those first three weeks anyway. If you are breastfeeding, steer clear of the pill altogether.
Contraception: THE COIL
Lasting 5 – 10 years, the coil is one to use if your birthing days are over. The coil is a good choice for those who want a contraceptive they don’t have to think about. You get it inserted, and it does its job with no effort required on your part. You will have to wait four weeks before this option is open to you. Bear in mind that the insertion of the coil is painful. It’s recommended for women who have given birth over those who haven’t, but it’s not pain-free by any means!
Contraception: THE IMPLANT
Again, the implant is useful for the forgetful. This method gets injected, so you don’t have to remember to take anything at a particular time, or worry about it at all. The implant lasts three years, but it is possible to get it removed if you change your mind. It’s worth thinking about the long-term, though. If you’re planning on having another child, it may not be worth getting the implant at all. For this option, you’ll have to wait only the required three weeks.
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