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Is nursing my baby a good birth control method?

Is nursing my baby a good birth control method?

No: This is unfortunately an old wive's tale. As mentioned ovulation and subsequent pregnancy can occur.Be aware. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Contraception (Definition)

Contraceptiion is a means of preventing conception (or fertilization). There are hormonal and non hormonal methods of preventing sperm and egg from meeting. Talk to your doctor or clinic about what options are best for you. There are short acting methods (condoms, pills, patch, ring) and long ...Read more


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I had a baby and december and have recently stopped nursing and started birth control again. How long should I wait before intercourse?

I had a baby and december and have recently stopped nursing and started birth control again. How long should I wait before intercourse?

A week: Birth control pills can take as long as a week to reach full efficacy, though if you have been nursing, you have probably not been ovulating either. It would be fine to start now, but in an abundance of caution, waiting a week or using alternate contraception would be reasonable. ...Read more

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I had a baby 2 months ago, haven't gotten my period because I'm nursing. I'm on birth control but I got cramps after my husband ejaculated. Pregnant?

I had a baby 2 months ago, haven't gotten my period because I'm nursing. I'm on birth control but I got cramps after my husband ejaculated. Pregnant?

Here are some ...: In this clinical setting and if in doubt, although less likely to conceive, still do HPT soon and repeat it in 2 weeks if (-) & still in doubt. For more specific concern & related care, go to see gyn-doc timely. Best luck & wish ... ...Read more

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What is the best birth control option for nursing moms? Other than the mirena (levonorgestrel).

What is the best birth control option for nursing moms? Other than the mirena (levonorgestrel).

Mini pill: The estrogen in most birth control pills will have a negative effect on breast feeding. The "mini pill" or Progesterone only pill has much less of an impact. It is a little different i there is no week of placebo pills, and ideally will have no bleeding. ...Read more

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Birth control- currently on the mini pill, and weaning off nursing- how effective is it?

97% to 98%: The "mini-pill" is a Progesterone only form of birth control, but it is just as effective as any of the combination (estrogen/progesterone) birth control pills. Generally the failure rate for oral contraceptives (any type) is in the range of 3%. ...Read more

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Thank you for the reply Dr Parul. I'm not nursing now, though I am using contraception. I'm on the pill & have been from 6 weeks after given birth?

Thank you for the reply Dr Parul. I'm not nursing now, though I am using contraception. I'm on the pill & have been from 6 weeks after given birth?

??????????????????: Nothing you posted other than your reported age and gender is available for us to review on the public site. It is not a chat room so prior submissions are not linked,nor are they sent to specific docs. Questions are randomly seen by docs visiting the site.If you submit another question, make sure it has the information needed to answer your question. ...Read more

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Does birth control affect you and you can't have babies?

Maybe: Many women who have been on birth control pills for a long time may have trouble getting pregnant when they stop ...Until the body regulates itself. Acupuncture and chinese medicine can have a very big and positive impact on balancing hormones. I have not heard that birth control pills made anyone sterile. ...Read more

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What is the best birth control to use right before having babies?

What is the best birth control to use right before having babies?

OCP and barriers: All of the barrier methods (condoms and diaphragms) are quickly reversible (just stop using them). Oral contraceptives are also quickly reversible (just stop taking them). You do not need to be off of the pill for 3 months as sometimes suggested. Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) is stays in the body longer and may delay the return of normal periods and delay fertility. ...Read more

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Would birth control affect me from having babies after taking the pill for about five or six years?

Would birth control affect me from having babies after taking the pill for about five or six years?

No: Oral contraceptives do not cause infertility after they are discontinued. If one has infertility issues after discontinuation of birth control pills, infertility evaluation is recommended to search for possible cause of infertility. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Birth Control (Definition)

Also known as contraception, birth control is a method to prevent pregnancy. Some methods of birth control include a vasectomy, tubal ligation, oral contraceptive pills, vaginal rings, hormone injections, condoms, diaphragms, sponges, ...Read more