Hello y’all 😀 I hope the year has got off to a great start!
Q1: Good day ma’am .Please, is it true that you won’t get pregnant as long as your period hasn’t returned after childbirth and you’re breastfeeding? My baby is seven weeks old but I’m scared of resuming my wifey duty. I give my baby formula and breast milk. Thank you, doc.
A: This question has been asked so many different times but it bears repeating. Breast feeding used to be considered a means of contraception but not anymore. Women can exclusively breastfeed and still get pregnant while doing that. Whether their periods have returned or not is immaterial because remember that before a period, comes ovulation. If a woman who has ovulated has sexual intercourse, she may very well get pregnant, before menstruating for the first time after having her baby.
As for when to resume wifely duties…whenever you feel up to it. For more on when to resume sexual intimacy, please click on this link
Q2: Good day. I am 30 years of age and I got married recently. My husband and I are not ready to have babies yet, because I have 2 more years to round off my degree program. Also I want to use baby friendly breast feeding method for my children. My husband and I also are in 2 different states. He totally agrees with waiting because he doesn’t want either me or the baby stressed, since he will not always be physically there for us.
Now my question is, what is the best (without side effects) family planning measure to take to prevent pregnancy? He is currently practicing withdrawal, but I know that it cannot be totally trusted because i don’t think he can carry on like this for 2years.
A: There is no contraceptive that is 100% fool proof. They all have their pros and cons and really the best method for each couple depends on personal preferences, cost, ease of using it, intended duration of use etc
Withdrawal method of contraception can certainly take its toll and may not be the most effective method. Please click on the link below for more on this.
I suggest that you walk into a family planning clinic where a nurse will take you through all the different methods and arm you with the information for you and your husband to make a choice as to the best method for you. Be sure to do this as soon as possible, if you don’t want to have to take a nanny back to school soon 😀
For more on contraception, please click on the following links:
Have a great night, y’all 😀