If you think you may want to have another baby in the next year or so you might want to try using one of these methods:
These are all effective methods of contraception if used according to the instructions. But you have to use and think about them regularly or each time you have sex.
If you are fully breastfeeding then it is usually recommended that you wait until the baby is six months old before starting the combined pill, the contraceptive vaginal ring or the contraceptive patch. These methods contain estrogen which may reduce the milk flow. If you feel there are no other suitable methods of contraception these methods can be considered from six weeks after the birth.
If you used a diaphragm or cap before you became pregnant, check with your doctor or contraception clinic to make sure it still fits – your cervix and vagina change shape during pregnancy and birth. If you lose or gain more than 3kg (7lb), you must get the fitting checked again.
Natural family planning can be more difficult to learn and use just after you have had a baby. If you used this method before your pregnancy, ask your natural family planning teacher for advice.