After Giving Birth - Resuming Contraception

Once your baby has been born you may soon (but not too soon) want to resume your sex life. Here is an overview of your options, please consult your GP or Health Visitor if you are unsure as to the most suitable option.


Condoms can be used as soon as you resume your sex life.

Cervical Cap

You may need a bigger size after giving birth.

Contraceptive Injection (Depo-Provera)

You can have this five days after birth, but it may be advisable to wait six weeks, as you are less likely to suffer from heavy bleeding, which can occur if the injection is given earlier.

Contraceptive Implant

You can have the implant put in three weeks after giving birth. It must be done by a trained doctor. It lasts up to three years.

Combined Pill

You can take this three weeks after birth. But it cannot be taken if you are breast feeding.

Mini Pill

This can be taken three weeks after birth but it needs to be taken for a week before it is fully effective. It is safe to be taken when breast feeding.

The Coil (IUD)

It can be fitted eight weeks after birth (by your GP or family planning clinic) and can last for up to five years.

Female Sterilisation and Vasectomy

This should only be undertaken if you are both absolutely sure that you don't want any more children.


This should not be seen as a reliable form of contraception.

For further information see The Family Planning Association website >>