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Safety in Lactation: Progestogen-only contraceptives

30 October 2020Progesterone-only contraceptives (POC) are administered orally, by depot injection, intradermal implant or intra-uterine device. There is no evidence that POCs have any effects on breastfeeding…

Emergency contraception and breast-feeding

28 October 2020It is possible for a woman to get pregnant again very soon after the birth of a baby, even if breastfeeding, and even if periods…

Does St John’s Wort interact with combined and progestogen only hormonal contraception?

1 June 2020This updated Medicines Q&A evaluates the available evidence regarding an interaction between St John’s Wort and combined and progestogen only hormonal contraceptives. Summary The interaction…

Does St John’s Wort interact with Emergency Hormonal Contraception?

13 May 2020This updated Medicines Q&A evaluates the available evidence regarding an interaction between St John’s Wort and emergency hormonal contraception. Summary Levonorgestrel is a progestogen commonly…

Contraception Patient Group Direction (PGD) Templates for Reproductive Health Services

25 March 2020PGD templates for commonly supplied/administered methods of contraception have been developed by an SPS led working group with support from the FSRH.
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Lactation Safety Information

Intrauterine

Intrauterine
Nonhormonal contraception or oral POC until 6 weeks postpartum
Limited published evidence of safety in lactation when used as an IUD
Small risk of interference with early lactation
Breastfeeding may increase risk of uterine perforation and/or expulsion of device
24 September 2020

Oral

Oral
Yes
Nonhormonal contraception until 6 weeks postpartum
Moderate level of published evidence of use in breastfeeding
Small risk of interference with early lactation
24 September 2020

Oral for emergency contraception

Oral
for emergency contraception
Yes
Limited published evidence of safety when used as emergency contraceptive
Breastfeeding can continue without any delay period after administration of a single dose
24 September 2020
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