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Switching from minipill to IUD

23 July, 2016

Question:

I have been taking mini pill since my baby turned six months. I just got my first period (the baby is one) and planning to switch to copper IUD for birth control in the next cycle or two.
While looking through the website, I noticed someone mentioning that going off the POP might cause staining. Considering that I might already be facing issues from adjusting to IUD, is there a better time for me to stop taking my hormonal birth control? Should I wait till I manage to go to the mikvah after IUD insertion or just stop when I get my IUD (which I am planning to time to the first day or two of my period)?
Thanks for your advice.


Answer:

The amount of bleeding varies from woman to woman, so there is no way to give completely clear advice.

The most logical time to stop the pill would be after the insertion of the IUD. In this way, staining following IUD insertion would overlap with staining from stopping the minipill.

It is important to review the rules of ketamim (as by reading our site's articles "Stains" and "Toilet Paper"), so that you do not become niddah unnecessarily.

Please write back with any follow up questions.


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