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About LAM

LAM primarily works by preventing ovulation. Frequent breastfeeding temporarily prevents the release of the natural hormones that cause ovulation.

“Lactational” refers to breastfeeding; “Amenorrhea” is the absence of menstruation.

SDM Users

LAM can be used by women who just gave birth provided that these conditions are met:

The mother is not menstruating after giving birth.

She breastfeeds the baby often, day and night.

The baby is less than 6 months old.

Mothers with HIV must be taking Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) to prevent infecting her baby.

LAM Procedure
How to Use the SDM

A mother who just gave birth and is not menstruating, should frequently breastfeed her child to temporarily make her infertile until she gets her period within 6 months.

A mother who is Human Immunodeficiency Virus or HIV positive must take Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) to prevent infecting her baby through breastfeeding. She should also use a condom during sex to prevent infecting her partner.

Benefits of DMPA

The Lactational Amenorrhea Method can be used right after giving birth (postpartum).

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It is healthy for both the mom and her child.

It’s a free and natural method.

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It can be used temporarily until the couple decides on which contraception to use.

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