Birth control and pregnancy after bariatric surgery

It’s strongly advised that women of childbearing age use the most effective forms of birth control during the first 18 months after bariatric surgery.

Why should you wait to become pregnant after bariatric surgery?

Do not get pregnant for 12 to 18 months after bariatric surgery. Pregnancy during this time is dangerous for you. It could cause birth defects for the baby. Prevent pregnancy by using birth control pills, patches, or shots. Many women who have had trouble getting pregnant are more fertile after rapid weight loss. Be extra careful.

Please let your surgeon know if you become pregnant within 12 to 18 months after your bariatric surgery. Your surgeon will work closely with your doctor while you are pregnant to help with adequate nutrition and supplement information.

Last reviewed: 
June 2018

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