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Birth Control Options While Breastfeeding

Some of the possible birth control options that are safe to use while breastfeeding include certain hormonal contraceptives, nonhormonal products, and natural methods.
If you are looking for a hormonal product, it is important to know that it is generally not recommended to use a birth control that contains estrogen. Studies have shown that estrogen can increase a woman's risk for a serious blood clot in the four weeks after childbirth. Also, estrogen can decrease breast milk production. In general, progestin-only products are considered safe and effective.
Other options for birth control while breastfeeding include nonhormonal products, such as condoms, cervical caps, and diaphragms. In addition, some women may find that natural methods, such as the rhythm method, are an appropriate choice for their situation.
(For more information, click Breastfeeding and Birth Control. This article takes a closer look at other birth control options that are safe and effective for use while breastfeeding.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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