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After birth: Contraceptive use

Condoms are among the contraceptives that you can safely use while breastfeeding.

Perhaps the easiest way to find condoms, whether you are breast-feeding or not, is to simply put them in the drawer just in case. Female condoms sit in your vagina and on the labia. They may not be as comfortable for you as male condoms.

If you use them properly and consistently, condoms for men have a safety of up to 98 percent, and condoms for females (Femidom) of up to 95 percent (FPA 2013).

It could be that your vagina is a bit dry after birth. A lubricant may make sex a bit more enjoyable. The gel should be water-soluble and non-oily so that it does not damage the condom (FPA 2013).

Read about all prevention options.


FPA. , 2013. Your guide to male and female condoms. Family Planning Association

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