have a 3 month old, want to use mini pill b/c breastfeeding, but hve not had a period yet, when do I start taking pill?

You can start taking

You can start taking progestin-only pills (POPs) at any time when it is reasonably certain that you are not pregnant. The World Health Organization recommends that no backup method is needed if you start POPs at any of the following times:

  • * During the first five days of you menstrual cycle
  • * Between 6 weeks and 6 months postpartum if you are fully (or nearly fully) breastfeeding and have no periods
  • * Within the first 21 days postpartum whether or not you are breastfeeding

If you start the minipill at any time other than these listed, you should use a backup method such as male condoms for the first two days of taking the minipill.

There are many brands and formulations of the minipill, so double check with your pharmacist to be sure.

The chemicals in the minipill do appear in your breastmilk. More about breastfeeding and the Pill here: http://www.contracept.org/breastfeeding.php

Best of luck,
Dr. Williams

Monnica Williams, Ph.D.
Sex Education Advisor. www.MonnicaWilliams.com.

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