[CG] Postpartum contraception leaflet [Patient Information]

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Contraception after Pregnancy during the Covid Pandemic

GG&C recognises that the pandemic is causing additional pressures on many patients and services.

Contraception may not be the first thing on your mind at the moment. However after pregnancy, fertility can occur as early as 21 days and many unplanned pregnancies happen within the first few months after childbirth. You can become pregnant before your periods return.

Many methods can be safely started straight after pregnancy; there is no need to wait until your first period or until your postnatal check.

In breastfeeding patients, it can be more difficult to predict when fertility returns and there are many contraceptive options that are safe when breastfeeding.

We would like to offer and arrange for contraception to be provided for your discharge from hospital to reduce your need to attend your GP or sexual health clinic.

Ideally, we would like you to make a plan before birth, while you have some time to consider your options.

Please read this leaflet with a summary of options available and ask your midwife or doctor for advice. We will ask you, at a later visit, if you have made your choice and we will to record this choice in your medical record.

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Last reviewed: 14 December 2021

Next review: 01 June 2022

Author(s): Catrina Bain

Version: 3

Document Id: 818