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    sexual intercourse after delivery

    i have two months baby... i am feeding regularly to my baby... still period not occurred... i had unprotected sex ... is there any possibilities to become pregnant...if it is possible means how to avoid pregnancy...

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    Re: sexual intercourse after delivery

    Hi amutha,

    Breast feeding is the natural form of Family planning method..and it is effective until upto 6 months of pregnancy if you exclusively breast feed.. check out the article below...

    What is the Lactational Amenorrhea Method?
    The lactational amenorrhea method is just one of a variety of highly effective natural family planning methods. This method is used after childbirth, and involves breastfeeding your child exclusively for at least six months in order to prevent pregnancy. The LAM method has been around for thousands of years but declined greatly in popularity over the past century. In 1988, however, the LAM method was reintroduced thanks to new studies that proved its effectiveness in preventing pregnancies during the postpartum period.


    How Does the Lactational Amenorrhea Method Work?
    The LAM method works by changing the way in which your body produces your reproductive hormones. In order to ovulate and menstruate, your pituitary gland (a small gland inside of your brain) produces two hormones: follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH). These hormones send signals to your eggs to mature and subsequently be released during ovulation. When you breastfeed, though, this process gets interrupted, thereby interfering with the production of both FSH and GnRH.


    As your baby suckles, nerve impulses travel through your body and are received by your brain. This signals the production of a hormone called prolactin, which works to inhibit both FSH and GnRH. As a result, ovulation does not occur and menstruation stops, making it almost impossible to become pregnant.


    Who Can Use the Lactational Amenorrhea Method?
    Any woman who is dedicated to exclusively breastfeeding her child after birth can use the LAM method to protect against pregnancy. It is most effective in women who:

    • are exclusively or almost exclusively (85% of feeds) breastfeeding
    • have not experienced the return of their menstrual periods
    • are less than six months postpartum
    How Do You Use the Lactational Amenorrhea Method?
    LAM is one of the simplest natural family planning methods to use. It involves no complex calculations or calendars and requires little preparation or planning.

    Simply follow these steps when feeding your baby for the first six months of life:

    • begin breastfeeding as soon as possible after delivery
    • breastfeed between six and ten times a day, upon request
    • avoid long intervals between feeds
    • avoid the use of bottles and pacifiers
    • don't give any supplemental food or liquids to your baby (such as juice or water)
    How Effective is the Lactational Amenorrhea Method?
    The LAM method is actually highly effective in preventing pregnancy when used correctly during the first six months of the postpartum period. If you continue to breastfeed regularly and exclusively and your periods do not return, LAM is between 98% and 99% effective. Most women have trouble maintaining such a rigorous breastfeeding schedule, though. These women should use an alternate form of birth control in addition to LAM.


    Advantages of the Lactational Amenorrhea Method
    There are a number of advantages of breastfeeding for contraceptive purposes:


    • LAM is highly effective in preventing pregnancy when used correctly.
    • LAM is easy and simple to use.
    • LAM is inexpensive and causes no side effects.
    • LAM doesn't interfere with intercourse.
    • LAM is acceptable in most cultures.
    • There are numerous health benefits of breastfeeding for both you and baby.
    Disadvantages to the Lactational Amenorrhea Method
    As with any birth control method, LAM is not without its drawbacks:


    • LAM is most effective in the first six months of postpartum. After six months, LAM becomes less effective.
    • It can be difficult to maintain regular breastfeeding schedules, especially for working mothers.
    • LAM does not protect against STDS.
    Lactational Amenorrhea Method after Six Months

    LAM can be continued after your baby has turned six months of age, though it will be less effective than it is during the early postpartum period. After six months, your baby will require supplemental feeding, and this may interfere with breastfeeding. As long as your baby continues to breastfeed for more than 65 minutes a day, and your periods have not returned, LAM should still be quite effective in preventing pregnancy.


    With perfect use, the LAM method is between 90% and 96% effective in guarding against pregnancy after six months. However, it is recommended that women use an additional type of birth control after their baby turns six months of age.

    source: Epigee

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    Re: sexual intercourse after delivery

    Q: When should women expect normal menstruation to resume?

    A: This depends on whether you are breastfeeding or not. If you are not breastfeeding, your first period will occur about two months after childbirth.May be more. However, there is no way to know when you begin to ovulate again - 90 percent of women will not ovulate before their first period. So contraception is essential if you have sex soon after childbirth.


    If you are breastfeeding, your period may resume at any time from about two months after childbirth. Some women only get their period back once they stop breastfeeding.


    It is important to know that breastfeeding is not a form of contraception. It is the sensation of the baby sucking that send a message to the brain to suppress the hormone that stimulates ovulation. The effectiveness of this suppression depends on the strength and frequency of the sucking. For breastfeeding to work as a means of contraception, the baby would have to nurse full-time, around the clock.

    Q: How long after childbirth should women wait before having sexual intercourse and/or using contraceptives? What type of contraceptive is best for a woman who has recently given birth? What type(s) of contraceptives should not be used by women who have recently given birth.


    A: Most health practitioners discourage women from having sex within the first six weeks after childbirth since the genital organs usually have not healed. Most new mothers claim that sex is the furthest thing from their minds at this stage. Many women who breastfeed find that the physical contact with their baby fulfils them entirely.


    Most health practitioners recommend barrier contraceptives (condoms and spermicide) for breastfeeding women. In the first few months after childbirth, the vaginal walls are enlarged and the perineal muscles are lax, which means that a diaphragm cannot act as a proper barrier. Be sure to have a new diaphragm fitted two to three months after childbirth. If you choose to have an IUD inserted, you will have to wait until the uterus is fully healed.


    The only form of contraceptive pill which does not contraindicate breastfeeding is the progesterone mini-pill which works by hindering the production of cervical mucus. Ovulation can occur but the uterine lining will not be receptive to implantation of the egg. This pill has a failure rate of 1-3 percent as well as an increased risk of ectopic pregnancy and breakthrough bleeding. It must be taken every day at exactly the same time.


    Source:About dot com





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