A Mom's Guide to Birth Control

Diaphragm

Best if: You're breastfeeding; You're thinking "maybe baby"

How it works: A diaphragm fits over your cervix to prevent sperm from traveling to your uterus; you have to use spermicidal cream or jelly with it each time you have sex. You can leave it in for six hours after lovemaking.

Perks: It's hormone-free and doesn't necessarily interrupt sex, since it can be inserted up to six hours beforehand.

Drawbacks: Using a diaphragm can be messy and high-maintenance; plus, spermicide may irritate sensitive vaginal tissue. You need to be fitted by a doctor and possibly refitted periodically, especially after giving birth vaginally.

Fertility returns immediately.

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