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Nursing Mother Birth Control

Many different birth control methods are available today for nursing mothers. However, some options are safer and more effective than others. For example, if you are breastfeeding and want to use a hormonal form of contraception, it is important to know that it is typically not recommended to take an oral contraceptive that contains estrogen. Estrogen has been shown to increase a woman's risk of a serious blood clot after childbirth and decrease breast milk production.
Therefore, the preferred forms of hormonal birth control for mothers who are nursing are products that contain progestin, such as progestin-only pills, injections, and implants.
There are also nonhormonal forms of birth control, such as condoms, diaphragms, and cervical caps. You may also consider natural methods, such as periodic abstinence or the lactational amenorrhea method (LAM).
(Click Breastfeeding and Birth Control for more details on possible birth control options for nursing mothers. This article takes an in-depth look at many of the options available, including hormonal, nonhormonal, and natural methods.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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