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Non-hormonal short-term contraception

28 December, 2016

Question:

I gave birth to my third baby 15 months ago and was on the mini pill until I started staining two months ago when I stopped nursing him. My doctor then gave me a different pill on which I still was staining for a month, then a third different one which caused bleeding. After two months of nidda I decided to stop the pills altogether.

I'm really not ready to become pregnant right away because I feel too overwhelmed with the kids and it may be too much for our shalom bait , so I need a couple of months rest before being able to cope with a fourth pregnancy. I can't consider taking other pills because of staining, but I conceived my third baby while using spermicides.

What would you suggest I use as a method until I feel ready?


Answer:

If you are only planning on using birth control for a few more months, you can discuss with your doctor the use of a diaphragm. When used properly with spermicide it is significantly more effective than spermicide alone.

In general, it is common to experience breakthrough bleeding during the first 1-3 months on a new type of pill as your body adjusts to the hormones. It is possible that if you had given the new pill another month or so, the staining might have let up. If for any reason the use of a diaphragm is not an option, this is an important point to note, and you may wish to reconsider giving the new pill a second chance.

Please feel free to get back to us with any further questions.

B'Hatzlacha!


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