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Post-Baby Birth Control

When it comes to contraceptive needs, 43 percent of new and expectant moms already use or are considering using a different form of birth control, says a study from Emory University School of Medicine. Not sure if you should make the switch? Elizabeth McGee, M.D., director of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, offers reasons to consider a change.

Concern about Side Effects
The FDA has warned that Patch users receive more estrogen than those on the pill, which may increase the risk of blood clots. If you are experiencing negative side effects, you may be able to swap brands of the pill without having to change the type of birth control altogether. This should help relieve symptoms.

You Want Spontaneous Sex
Opt for the pill, NuvaRing or an intrauterine device (IUD) like Mirena or ParaGard.

Breastfeeding
Birth control with estrogen can reduce milk production, so try progestin-only pills or an IUD instead.

You Forget to Take a Pill
The NuvaRing and IUDs allow you to think about birth control only once a month and once every five to 10 years, respectively.

Your Family's Complete
Choose a tubal ligation, the nonsurigical Essure or, for him, a vasectomy.

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