One thing that cannot be ignored in postpartum love is contraception. Perhaps you are pregnant shortly after marriage and have never used any contraceptive methods, so it is important to have a good understanding of various methods of postpartum contraception. Otherwise, if you get hit again soon after giving birth, it would be a big trouble.
There are various methods of postpartum contraception, including oral contraception, safe period contraception, male condom contraception, and intrauterine device or ligation contraception. These methods all have their own advantages and disadvantages. Let’s take a look together and see which method of contraception is more suitable for you!
1. Oral contraceptive pills for contraception
Oral contraceptives are formulated from artificially synthesized estrogen and progesterone, which can inhibit ovulation, make cervical mucus more viscous, and make the endometrium unsuitable for embryo implantation, thus achieving the goal of contraception. The success rate of contraception is still extremely high when taking oral contraceptives strictly according to the instructions.
However, after taking oral contraceptives for a long time, a few women will experience weight gain, which is due to the hormone component in the drug promoting anabolism and water sodium retention in the body. In addition, long-term use of oral contraceptives may cause irregular vaginal bleeding during menstruation and shorten the menstrual cycle.
Oral contraceptives contain high doses of hormones, which can cause fetal malformations. Therefore, it is generally recommended that women who take oral contraceptives conceive after six months.
2. Safe period contraception
Safe period contraception is the cessation of sexual activity during ovulation. Safe period contraception generally does not rely on external drugs and tools, and relies on one’s own knowledge of safe period to achieve contraceptive purposes, unlike oral contraceptives, which may have side effects.
Safe period contraception can help you gain a better understanding of your body and increase trust between couples. To successfully implement safe period contraception, you need to pay attention to physiological characteristics such as your menstrual cycle, basal body temperature, and cervical mucus. During dangerous periods, sexual intercourse is not allowed, which requires a high degree of cooperation from the husband and mutual understanding and support between the couple.
Safe period contraception is not absolutely safe, and the success rate of this contraceptive method largely depends on whether you can implement it correctly. Whether the safety period can be accurately calculated every month and whether sexual impulses can be well controlled will affect the success rate of the safety period contraception method. If your answer is “cannot or is uncertain,” then the safety factor of safe period contraception is relatively low.
3. Male condom contraception
The use of male condoms for contraception is very effective. Moreover, postpartum mothers can also use this method to protect their private parts from bacterial infections, which is also the preferred contraceptive method for many new fathers and mothers.
However, when using condoms, it is important to be careful and choose a suitable size to prevent slipping. When using condoms, be sure to check for any signs of breakage. In addition, this contraceptive method must be used when the man is willing to use it, and some men may find it troublesome and unwilling to cooperate. New mothers should try their best to do ideological work for their new father and reach a consensus, so as not to affect their marital life.
4. Intrauterine device or ligation for contraception
The insertion of an intrauterine device (IUD) is a long-term and reversible contraceptive method. Ligation is a long-term method of contraception, which can be performed not only by women but also by men. Both methods have good contraceptive effects.
However, the postpartum mother’s uterus is in the recovery period, and premature placement of an intrauterine device is not only prone to detachment, but also prone to infection, leaving behind sequelae. Generally, natural delivery should be placed with an intrauterine device after 3 months postpartum, and cesarean section should be placed after 6 months. And, after all, ligation is surgery, so if you want to have another baby, you need to carefully consider it to avoid regret.
Postpartum mothers can choose the appropriate contraceptive method based on their own situation and needs. Before recovering from childbirth or planning to have a second child, they should carefully do contraceptive work.