A Mom's Guide to Birth Control

The Mini Pill

Best if: You're breastfeeding

How it works: This progestin-only pill works by thickening cervical mucus to prevent fertilization and reducing ovulation. You take an active pill for 28 days, so you receive a continuous flow of hormones.

Perks: The mini pill is an ideal choice for breastfeeding moms who are concerned about estrogen's possible effect on milk production. Your period may get lighter or disappear.

Drawbacks: You need to take it at the same time every day within a two- to three-hour window or you risk getting pregnant. The mini pill causes more irregular bleeding than combo pills do, but it usually tapers off within a few months.

Fertility returns 1 to 2 months after going off the pill.

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