Couples are frequently warned away from having sexual intercourse during the 4-6 weeks immediately following childbirth as it is presumed that lochia (puerperal discharge) can be infectious. Even if this is not likely to be the case, women generally avert the thought of sex during this period. Afterwards, however, many women enjoy their sexuality with renewed intensity. During lactation, ovulation fails to occur in most cases, and the first menses takes place towards the end of the lactation period. Nevertheless, ovulation can occur during lactation, before the first menses takes place. Therefore it is essential to apply a reliable method of contraception even during the period of lactation, as soon as sexual activity begins, especially because pregnancies shortly after one another involve considerable health risks both for both the mother and the child to be born.
During lactation, the selection of contraceptives is governed by special rules as adverse effects to the baby through breast milk must be avoided. For this reason, hormonal contraception methods are not allowed to be applied. After childbirth, however, intrauterine contraception is a specially recommended solution. Just as traditional IUDs of copper content, MelbeaGold IUDs can be applied as early as four weeks after childbirth, and they provide long-term and safe protection against unintended pregnancies without endangering the baby’s health. It is also a benefit that intrauterine contraception is not detrimental to the female organism.