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BIRTH CONTROL METHOD WITH L.A.M

BIRTH CONTROL METHOD WITH L.A.M
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Lactation Amenorrhea Method (LAM) is a form of birth control that relies on natural ovulation suppression. Here's how it works: As an infant breastfeeds, prolactin is released. Prolactin inhibits the release of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH). These hormones are responsible for ovulation (the development and release of eggs).

Used correctly, the risk of pregnancy with LAM is low, according to Dr. David Barrere, an OB/GYN in Cincinnati, Ohio and Northern Kentucky. Dr. Barrere says that the duration of ovulation suppression varies and can be influenced by several factors.

"LAM can be utilized provided that the baby is less than 6 months old, Mother has exclusively breastfed Baby (no supplements have been used) and she has not resumed her menstrual period," Dr. Barrere says. "If these guidelines are met, then the risk of pregnancy is 1 to 2 percent. Another form of contraception should be used if these three conditions cannot be met." La Leche League adds that mothers should be nursing or pumping at least every four hours during the day and six hours at night to make LAM the most effective.

Kerry Seure of Cleveland, Ohio, relies heavily on LAM. "I used LAM after all three of my children were born," she says. "I have very predictable cycles, I nurse on demand – including at night in the family bed – and I never so much as spot until my babies reached 18 months to 2 years old. I feel very confident that this is the way nature intended the cycle of birth to end. As long as I don't interrupt what nature perfected, I know I will be free to concentrate on one baby at a time."

Some women do get pregnant while nursing, and it can seem like it comes out of nowhere. Because menstruation can return just a few months after giving birth or may be suppressed for a year or longer, you may not have any idea when your period will come back. Therefore, it can be difficult to determine when your first fertile cycle will be until after you have ovulated. (by Michele St. Martin - BABY.TopResource.NET Reference)

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