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How soon after a vaginal birth can I start birth control pills?

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Dr. Amy Herold
Obstetrics & Gynecology
6 doctors agree

In brief: 2 weeks

You can start a progesterone-only pill about 2 weeks postpartum. A combined pill with estrogen and Progesterone shouldn't be started until a few months after delivery as the estrogen can slightly increase your risk of blood clots immediately postpartum and can decrease your milk supply if started too soon.

In brief: 2 weeks

You can start a progesterone-only pill about 2 weeks postpartum. A combined pill with estrogen and Progesterone shouldn't be started until a few months after delivery as the estrogen can slightly increase your risk of blood clots immediately postpartum and can decrease your milk supply if started too soon.
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Dr. Lesley Meister
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: You may not need any

If you are exclusively breastfeeding, the intervals between feeding or expressing breastmilk is less than 6 hours and you are less than 6 months postpartum then there is only a 2% chance of pregnancy.
In this instance you can wait on starting the mini-pill(progesterone only) until at least 6 weeks postpartum if not later. If supplementing with formula, then 3 weeks postpartum.

In brief: You may not need any

If you are exclusively breastfeeding, the intervals between feeding or expressing breastmilk is less than 6 hours and you are less than 6 months postpartum then there is only a 2% chance of pregnancy.
In this instance you can wait on starting the mini-pill(progesterone only) until at least 6 weeks postpartum if not later. If supplementing with formula, then 3 weeks postpartum.
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Dr. Timothy Brown
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: 4 weeks

If you are not breast feeding you may start the usual birth control pill 4 weeks postpartum. If you are breast feeding then you may consider the minipill as previously answered.

In brief: 4 weeks

If you are not breast feeding you may start the usual birth control pill 4 weeks postpartum. If you are breast feeding then you may consider the minipill as previously answered.
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