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When can I resume taking birth control pills after having a baby?

When can I resume taking birth control pills after having a baby?

21-42 days: Early postpartum use of combined birth control pills (estrogen + progesterone) may increase the risk of blood clots. Women with no risk factors for blood clots may start the use after 21 days. Women with risk factors for clots (smoking, hypertension...) should wait 42 days. Progestin-only pills may be started earlier. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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Birth Control Pills (Definition)

Also known as oral contraceptives, birth control pills are highly effective oral medications that use hormones to prevent pregnancy. There are two main types of birth control pills: one with estrogen and progestin (also known as the combination pill) and one with just progestin. The two main ways they prevent pregnancy are: 1) The hormones thicken the cervical mucous, which keeps sperm from entering the uterus on their way to the egg; and 2) By maintaining a level of hormone in the blood stream that prevents the ...Read more


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It's day 13 of my first post partum period and still very heavy flow. Is this normal or should I see a doctor( I am on birth control pills)?

It's day 13 of my first post partum period and still very heavy flow. Is this normal or should I see a doctor( I am on birth control pills)?

Uterine "purge": The uterus is emptying everything from the pregnancy out a this time. That includes blood, debris, and gestation tissue remnants. The bleeding should eventually slow down in 1 to 2 weeks. If it is bright red, call your OB now and make an appointment as the bleeding may be due to retained placental tissue. ...Read more

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Yes can u get pregnant if u just started taking the birth control pills after having a baby ?

Yes can u get pregnant if u just started taking the birth control pills after having a baby ?

How soon after?: If you start the oral contraceptive at the 4 or 6 week exam with no post partum menstrual period, and there has NOT been any sexual contact, then you will need to use a "back up" method (condom, etc.) in addition to the pill because ovulation may already have occurred. If you wait until the first period after the baby, then daily use of the pill alone should be sufficient. ...Read more

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How long do you have to wait to take birth control pills after you have a baby?

How long do you have to wait to take birth control pills after you have a baby?

BCP's postpartum: It depends upon whether you're nursing or not. Usually women even if they aren't breastfeeding will not ovulate until at least 6 weeks after delivery. ...Read more

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39yrs old, last baby 2 yrs ago, hormone imbalance and taking birth control pills short term. When i discontinue pills, will imbalance be fixed?

39yrs old, last baby 2 yrs ago, hormone imbalance and taking birth control pills short term. When i discontinue pills, will imbalance be fixed?

No : Birth control pills are not designed to fix a hormonal problem in the long term. They will cover up a hormonal problem in the short term and regulate your cycles. Once you stop them you will go back to the natural state you were in before taking them. ...Read more

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I had a baby 2 months ago and just started my period again. When should I start taking birth control pills?

I had a baby 2 months ago and just started my period again.  When should I start taking birth control pills?

Now: If you just started your period, you can go ahead and start your birth control pills now. Condoms are usually recommended for the first two weeks of use. ...Read more

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My sister was doing the B12 and hCG diet without the 500 cal plan and she got pregnant even taking birth control pills.Will she and the baby be ok?

My sister was doing the B12 and hCG diet without the 500 cal plan and she got pregnant even taking birth control pills.Will she and the baby be ok?

Probably: She and the baby should be fine. I suggest that she see her OB soon and go over the details to be sure. Best wishes. ...Read more

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


Dr. William Singer
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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