Taking care of a baby is hard work. As much as we love our little ones, we sometimes desire to hold off on making new little ones a while without impacting our ability to nurse.
Technically speaking, all forms of contraception are safe to use while breastfeeding. Combined hormonal (estrogen-progesterone) contraception has been implicated in affecting milk supply so these modes of contraception are generally discouraged for the first few months after birth of a new child.
Breastfeeding itself can be a form of birth control. This phenomenon is called the lactational amenorrhea method (LAM). With perfect use, pregnancy prevention rate for this method approaches approximately 95-98%. “Perfect use”, however, is tricky with LAM and has a very distinct window. LAM requires the breastfed baby be less than 6 months old and exclusively breastfed a minimum of 6 times a day. This form of birth control generally lasts for only 6 months.
If you are concerned about the impact of contraception on your milk supply, other options are progesterone only pills, Depo-Provera, sub-dermal implants like Nexplanon, or intrauterine devices like Mirena, Skyla, Kyleena, or Paragard.
Please call and schedule your next appointment to discuss what family planning options are best for you.
We offer general care, gynecology, and obstetrics services that span all stages of a woman's life. Dr. Taryll L. Jenkins, MD received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and Doctorate of Medicine from Meharry Medical College School of Medicine, TN. He completed his residency training at the University of Texas and Hermann Hospital, TX and is Board-certified from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, with years of research experience.
Having graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelors of Science in Biological Chemistry in 2011, Dr. Stephanie Roy received her Doctor of Medicine Degree in 2015 from the University of Texas Medical Branch. Today she is a leading Board-certified physician who works hard to provide you and your family with high quality services. In addition to spending time at the practice, Dr. Roy possesses extensive volunteer experience in the community. She was also a tutor at the Medical Careers Diversity Program in 2012 and since then has spent her free time volunteering for the St. Vincent’s Clinic.
Dr. Tiffany Ikwuagwu is passionate about caring for the diverse communities in Katy and Houston, TX. Having completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Houston, her medical degree at the Baylor College of Medicine, and her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the McGovern Medical School, she worked as principal investigator on a research project with Dr. Nana Ankumah at UT Houston. A member of the American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Dr. Ikwuagwu has served in several leadership roles and has made many contributions to the community.
Yara Ramirez, MD earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor University and her doctorate in medicine from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston where she also completed her residency. She won the Resident Teaching Award from UTMB’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for two consecutive years.
Dr. Ramirez has researched extensively on many obstetrics-related topics. She has been a Junior Fellow Representative for the UTMB Residency Program and a Medical Student Education Committee Member at the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has volunteered for various local and foreign community programs. Her fluency in Spanish and French is an asset to her organization.
Nadia Alexander is a Board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center. With seven years of experience in women’s health and a focus on obstetrics and ambulatory gynecology (vaginitis, UTI, and vaginal bleeding), she provides quality, compassionate care to patients in various stages of reproductive life. She is fluent in English and Spanish and is the lead contact for our Telehealth service.