AS BIRTH CONTROL
My question is in regard to birth control and breastfeeding. I have
been taking Micronor while breastfeeding my 11 1/2 month old.
I know that this method has been known to suppress having one's
period, but for how long? I am only nursing 2-3 times a day at
this point. Also, since she is nursing less frequently do I need
a "stronger" birth control pill?
Micronor is a progesterone-only pill that is often prescribed
for nursing mothers. Because it contains no estrogen, it is less
likely to reduce the milk supply than pills that contain both
estrogen and progesterone.
side effect of progesterone-only methods of birth control is that
menstrual bleeding is often irregular. The amount and duration
of flow vary, as does the length of the cycle. Some women using
progesterone only methods of birth control notice no difference
in their cycles, some find that their cycles are irregular, and
some will stop having periods altogether. Injectable progesterone
methods such as Depo-Provera cause higher levels to circulate
in the body than either pills or implants, and so are more likely
to cause dramatic changes in the menstrual cycle like total cessation
There is no
way to predict exactly how an individual woman will respond to
the progesterone-only pills. You just have to try it and see what
pills are slightly less effective than pills containing both progesterone
and estrogen, but are still very effective when taken consistently
and correctly. Progesterone has not been shown to adversely affect
milk production when begun after the first six weeks postpartum,
and in some mothers, is actually believed to increase milk supply.
need to take a stronger pill just because your baby is nursing
less often. If you take the pills as directed, you will have enough
progesterone in your system to have the same contraceptive effect
as a non-nursing mother.
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