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Birth Control: Getting Started and Best Practices

How soon can I take birth control after a pregnancy?

Last updated on September 1, 2020

If your pregnancy ended in a miscarriage or an abortion in the first trimester, you can start birth control right away.

If you just had a baby, the type of birth control you take determines when you can start it:

  • Combined hormone pills, the ring, or the patch: you should wait about 3 weeks to start these types of birth control. Sometimes our doctors may recommend you wait longer, depending on your medical history.
  • Progestin-only pills: you can start these pills at any time after giving birth.

If you're breastfeeding, let us know. Typically, progestin-only pills are recommended for nursing mothers, but it's also possible to take other types of birth control without affecting your breastmilk. Your doctor will make a recommendation that's right for you and your baby.

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