You recently had a baby and life is very busy. You’re focus is on caring for this little one, but you may also be juggling other children, work, mountains of laundry, home chaos, relationships and, for many of us, exhaustion. While you might like a sibling for Junior in the future, now may not be the right time. Many parents look to contraception for help, but how do you know what to choose?
When choosing birth control, there are many things for you and your partner to think about, such as:
- Your overall health
- How often you have sex
- If and when you want to have children
- How well each method works in preventing pregnancy
- If the method prevents sexually transmitted infections (STIs) as well as pregnancy
- Any potential side effects
- How easy the method is to use for you or your partner
- If it’s a good choice for breastfeeding moms
- How comfortable you and your partner feel about the method
Learning how to use some birth control methods can take time and practice. Don’t be afraid to talk to your doctor or midwife and ask questions. The most important thing is to find and use the birth control that works best for you. You can always try one method, and if you don’t like it, try another one.