How long do you need to use contraception at menopause?
Although fertility reduces as you age, you cannot be certain that you are infertile. It’s vital to remember that, until your periods have stopped completely, it’s still possible for you to fall pregnant. Unless you are trying to have a baby (eeek!!) you still need to use contraception.
If you use a currently use a barrier method e.g. condoms, non hormonal IUD, you should continue taking precautions for 2 years since the date of your last period if you are 50 or under. If you are over 50 then you need to use contraceptives for 1 year after your last period.
For women who use hormone based contraceptives, e.g. The pill, mini-pill, injection, Mirena coil, you may not be able to tell when your last period occurred as the hormones mask your natural cycles. You should ask your doctor when you can stop using contraception during your usual check ups.
N.B. Bio-identical progesterone cream should not be used as a contraceptive.