Not long after the delivery you have to start thinking again about birth control.
It is hard to predict when you will start having you period again after giving birth. Among things, this depends on whether or not you breastfeed or use formula to feed your child. In case you breastfeed, it can take a long time (sometimes months) before you have your first period.
At the earliest you will start menstruating 4 weeks after the delivery. Sometimes it’s unclear if you are having your period or this is still blood loss from the delivery.
Prior to your first period it is possible you are already ovulating and are fertile once more. Therefore, always remember to use birth-control even if you haven’t had your period yet.
During the post partum period and the last check 6 weeks after birth, we will inform you about the different possibilities in birth control.
If you choose to have an intrauterine device (IUD), then you have the opportunity to have the IUD placed at our practice. You can also make an appointment with us for an ultrasound to check the placement of the IUD, also if the IUD was placed by somebody else.
Important: if you choose an IUD as birth control, it is important to know that you don’t have a sexually transmitted disease (STD). You can have a test through your GP or the GGD, but it is also possible to order a simple home test at Testalize me.