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Emergency Contraception After Childbirth

Contraceptive slip-ups happen to everyone but the consequences can be so much more important for a post-natal woman. Emergency contraception (“the morning-after pill) is perfectly safe for use from 21 days after birth, and will have no harmful effect s on the breast milk or the newborn. Before 21 days there is no risk of pregnancy so Emergency Contraception should not be used.

Emergency contraception comes in two forms – Progestin-only and combined Estrogen-Progestin. Even though estrogen is known to effect milk production, using the required dose of the combined emergency method will only cause a slight reduction in the days immediately after use, and the normal levels will return spontaneously.

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