Progestin Only Pills (POPs)

   
Can a woman who is breastfeeding safely use POPs? Top
Yes. This is a good choice for a breastfeeding mothers who want to space their next baby and prefer using pills. POPs are safe for both the mother and the baby, starting as early as 6 weeks after giving birth. They do not affect milk production.  
   
What should a woman do when she stops breastfeeding her baby? Can she continue taking POPs? Top
A woman who is satisfied with using POPs can continue using them when she has stopped breastfeeding. She is less protected from pregnancy than when breast feeding. However, she can switch to another method if she wishes.  
   
How long does it take to become pregnant after stopping POPs? Top
POPs do not delay the return of a woman’s fertility after she stops taking them.  
   
Is it important for a woman to take her POPs at the same time each day? Top
Yes. POPs contain very little hormone, and taking a pill more than three hours late could reduce their effectiveness for women who are not breastfeeding. Linking pill taking with a daily activity also helps women remember to take their pills.  
   
If a woman does not have monthly bleeding while taking POPs, does this mean that she is pregnant? Top
Probably not, especially if she is breastfeeding. If she has been taking her pills every day she is probably not pregnant and can keep taking her pills. If she is still worried pregnancy test can be done. If not having monthly bleeding bothers her, she can be switched to another method.