Consult your doctor for when you can resume birth control after birth. Using the pill while breastfeeding may decrease your milk supply and increase your thrombosis risk, so your doctor may ask you to wait until your baby is six weeks old before using the pill. When you reach six weeks ask your doctor if you can start using the pill. There might also be other better types of contraceptive methods you can use.
It is generally safe to begin using the contraceptive pill three to six weeks after your child is born if you are not breastfeeding. Consult your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist for more information.
During the week when I am taking inactive pills, am I likely to become pregnant?
Unintended pregnancy is not increased by taking inactive pills. 99% of the time, if taken as directed, birth control pills work as expected. However, in the event you miss one or more pills during your cycle, you may have a higher chance of getting pregnant unintentionally. In case you miss several pills during your cycle, consider using a backup form of contraception like a condom.
If I stop taking the birth control pill and my period doesn’t return, what should I do?
Post-pill amenorrhea occurs when you go more than a few months without having your period. This is because your body is not producing the hormones needed for ovulation or menstruation while you are on the pill. And your body may need time to start producing these hormones again.
After stopping taking the pill for three months or so, menstruation usually resumes. But if you took the pill to regulate an irregular menstrual cycle, your period may not come back for several months. To determine if you are pregnant, take a pregnancy test every three months and then consult your doctor.
Contraception pills are highly effective in preventing someone from getting pregnant, but it takes consistency for it to be fully effective. While generally safe, contraceptive pills may also have side effects, so it is best to consult your doctor when you decide to start taking the pill.
Contraceptive pills are great but they may not be for everyone. There are other contraceptive methods available and it is best to explore your options first before deciding to use pills.
Learn more about Contraception here.