Postpartum Fertility: What are the facts?

Ready for another? Want to wait? Here is what you need to know

Having a baby is a wonderful thing, but how does your fertility change afterwards? Or does it not change at all? Whether you plan on extending your family or want to wait, you need to take these facts into consideration. As we all know, fertility can be a tricky subject, so let’s be informed. That way you can make the best choice for you!

Fertility can resume one month after giving birth

If you’re not planning on having another child anytime soon, you’re probably going to need contraception sooner than you thought. On the other hand, if you do want another baby, you can do whatever is best for your situation. Keep in mind other factors like breastfeeding and age. The older you are, the more difficult it’ll be fertility-wise. Be sure you’re informed about what that might mean for you. Remember: everyone is different.  

Breastfeeding can stall fertility…kinda.

According to Dr. Alan Copperman, Director of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, breastfeeding may temporarily decrease the chance of conceiving. That said, it is still possible to become pregnant while breastfeeding. The reason it may be stalled is that, while you’re breastfeeding, your body releases a hormone called prolactin which inhibits secretion of other hormones necessary for ovulation and fertility. How long it stalls your fertility depends on the overall health and habits of the mother.

If you’re planning for another child, just make sure your body and mental health are in check. Whatever choice you make, be sure you’re aware of all of your options and consult your OB GYN or fertility specialist.