The Department of Health told the publication: “We are aware there are supply issues affecting a small number of oral contraceptive pills due to manufacturing delays and we are working closely with the affected suppliers to resolve these problems as quickly as possible.
“Supplies of several other oral contraceptives are freely available and patients affected should discuss alternative options with their clinician or pharmacist as soon as possible.”
Other forms of contraception
An easy option for new mums plus there are no hormones that can interfere with breastfeeding.
They can be used as soon as you feel ready, just beware it might be dry down there due to hormonal changes. So a little lubricant might help.
2. Cervical cap, diaphragm
Another hormone-free option that can be fitted or refitted at your first postpartum check-up is a diaphragm or cervical cap.
4. Implants or injections
If you’re not breastfeeding then you can have a time-released progestin device surgically implanted in your arm, or you can get an injection that’s administered four times a year by your doctor.
5. The IUD device
The Intrauterine Device is usually a T-shaped device that can be inserted and there are two main types available.
One works by killing sperm before it comes into contact with the egg and can be kept in place for up to 10 years.
The other works by thickening the cervical mucus so a fertilised egg can’t implant itself in the uterus. This one needs to be changed annually.
6. Natural options
For those who prefer not to use the hormonal or mechanical devices, there’s always the option of tracking your cycle by using your body’s indicators, (mucus and body temperature) of fertility.
7. Tubal ligation
In this process your fallopian tubes are tied and then cut. If done with general anaesthesia it could interrupt breastfeeding.
This procedure involves cutting the tubes that carry a man’s sperm from the testes and is done in an urologist’s office.
It usually takes about 20 minutes and is performed while the man is awake using local anaesthetic.
Following surgery, a semen analysis needs to be taken before he is considered sterile.
Remember there are certain side effects associated with some of the above methods so consult your medical practitioner before deciding on an option.
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