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Birth control right after having a baby: Why it is important, why it should be covered

By: Hope Ricciotti, M.D., Editor in Chief, Harvard Women's Health Watch The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recently put out a new Committee Opinion, “Immediate Postpartum Long-Acting Reversible Contraception.” I counsel all my pregnant patients about the option of immediate postpartum birth control in the form of IUDs and implants, both of which are long-acting, reversible contraceptives (LARC). The contraceptive implant goes in your arm, and IUD is placed inside your…

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