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New CDC Recommendations for Postpartum Contraceptive Use

New CDC Recommendations for Postpartum Contraceptive Use

New recommendations by the CDC state that postpartum women should not use combined hormonal contraceptives during the first 21 days after delivery because of high risk for venous thromboembolism (VTE) during this period. During days 21 to 42 postpartum, women with no risk factors for VTE can initiate combined hormonal contraceptives, but women with risk factors for VTE, such as previous VTE or recent cesarean delivery, should avoid these types of contraceptives. After 42 days postpartum, with respect to use of combined hormonal contraceptives, no restrictions on the the basis of postpartum status apply.

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Global Library of Women’s Medicine: Postpartum Contraception
CDC Updates Guidelines for Postpartum Contraceptive Use


1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Update to CDC’s US medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use, 2010: revised recommendations for the use of contraceptive methods during the postpartum period. MMWR. 2011;60:878-883.

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