The birth of a child brings about many changes. The span of time that follows labour is a hectic period, and it will take some time before you are back to your normal rhythm. Contraception is often not at the forefront of your mind. Your libido is often not the same as it was before the birth. Yet it is still important to consider in advance the type of contraception you want to use. Ovulation can occur three weeks after labour. It is important to realise that not all methods of contraception may be used when breastfeeding, as some methods can affect the quantity and quality of your breast milk.
The IUD (intra-uterine device) is a very reliable form of contraception, which combines well with breastfeeding. There are two types of IUD (also known as coils): the hormone-containing IUD, the Mirena IUD and the Kyleena, and the copper IUD, The T-Safe and the Ballerine. The main action of an IUD device is to prevent fertilization. The T-Safe renders sperm inactive, so that no fertilization can occur. The hormonal IUD encourages tougher uterine membranes which prevents fertilized eggs from attaching to the uterine wall. In some women, ovulation is suppressed.
Inserting an IUD device is often a bit uncomfortable and takes a few minutes.
We give you a prescription for the hormonal and copper IUD. The copper IUD is the only device that you can buy online without prescription: https://www.t-safe.nl/koperspiraal-bestellen/ You can also purchase the T-safe or Ballerine from our practice.
If you are breastfeeding, there are various methods of contraception available. Together we will look at your choices. The various methods are: