Birth Control

After you have your baby, you will probably not want to immediately pop out another one. Even if you don’t think you’ll have sex again soon, it’s a good idea to get on birth control. Sometimes we meet people and things move really quickly, and birth control will make it safer if that happens.

Here are a few types of birth control:

  • The Pill: This influences your hormones so that your body does not ovulate. Ovulation is when your body releases eggs that can then be fertilized by sperm. You take the pill around the same time every day.
  • The Patch: Like the pill, the patch works hormonally. You wear it on a part of your body the way smokers wear nicotine patches to help them quit. You wear each patch for one week.
  • The Shot: Like the pill and the path, this is a hormonal option. You go to your doctor every three months and get a birth control shot.
  • IUDs (Intrauterine Devices): This is something inserted into your uterus by a doctor. It can be hormonal or not depending on which type you get. It can be left in and will work for several years.

Ask your doctor to talk to you about what’s best for you, and remember that all of these methods work even better when combined with condom use.

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