Postnatal sexual and reproductive health

Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare


Postnatal well-being

  • Health professionals should create opportunities for women and/or their partners to raise issues relating to postnatal sexual problems, body image and mental well-being, and should know where to refer if appropriate
  • Health professionals should allow opportunities for time alone with women in the antenatal and postnatal period, and should know how and where to access information and support for individuals affected by domestic violence

Assessment of contraceptive needs

  • Health professionals should find opportunities during both the antenatal and postnatal period to discuss all methods of contraception
  • Health professionals should assess a woman’s postpartum contraceptive needs by taking account of her personal beliefs/preferences, cultural practices, sexual activity, breastfeeding pattern, menstruation, medical and social factors

Postnatal contraception

  • The benefits of long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) methods in terms of efficacy should be highlighted to all postpartum women

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