IUD After Giving Birth – Timing, Side Effects, Pros and Cons Discussed

IUD After Giving Birth – Timing, Side Effects, Pros and Cons Discussed

IUD After Giving Birth – Timing, Side Effects, Pros and Cons Discussed


If you are pregnant or thinking of getting pregnant, there’s a very important question that many women forget to ask themselves: “What contraception will I use after I deliver my baby?” Of course, many women don’t consider this a high-priority issue because you’ve got baby on the brain—baby items, baby feeding, baby sleep, baby care, baby you-name-it. Not to mention the physical demands of pregnancy and delivery lead many women to swear off intercourse forever. Well, maybe not forever forever, right? So, unless you want to have another baby in the next 10 months, you’re going to want to make a post-baby plan sooner rather than later.


Contrary to popular belief, starting on birth control really can’t wait until your 6-week postpartum visit. Most women—even those who are breastfeeding—have their first ovulation at around 45 days, which means you could be at risk for unplanned pregnancy without the proper protection. The good news that is there are lots of quick and easy options, including many that are safe while breastfeeding, and even some you can take care of before you even bring baby home.


We’ll discuss having a non-hormonal, copper IUD as well as hormonal IUD fitted after giving birth.


Inserting an IUD After Giving Birth

An intrauterine device (IUD) can be placed immediately after your baby is born. His is called “postplacental placement” because the goal is to place the IUD within 10 minutes of delivering the placenta. The chance of expulsion (having the IUD fall out) after a postplacental placement is a tiny bit higher than for those placed 6 weeks after delivery, but the chances of that are incredibly slim and the benefits outweigh the risk by far.


Just think: you can have your baby AND get an effective, reliable form of birth control within minutes. One and done.


Mirena and ParaGard IUDs are used for postplacental placement because they are both safe for breastfeeding and provide great pregnancy prevention for years to come. You can find details about both brands in our Birth Control Method Selector, but here are some fast facts:


·         The Mirena IUD has progesterone and works for up to 5 years. It can make your periods go completely away, but it may also cause spotting or unpredictable bleeding.

·         The ParaGard IUD is made of plastic and copper and works for up to 10 years, similar to the CopperPearls IUB which lasts up to five years. You will have your regular period, but you may have cramping or slightly longer bleeding. The ParaGard as well as CopperPearls is 100% hormone-free.

·         You can have either one removed at any time if and when you decide that you are ready for another baby.


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Source credits: https://beforeplay.org/birth-control-after-baby-the-post-delivery-conundrum/