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partially breastfeeding when will my period return

A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
21 years experience Pediatrics
Could take a while: It may take several months and even up to one year before the usual menstruation pattern returns after the stoppage of breastfeeding.

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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anne Hale
Dr. Anne Hale answered
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
It varies: If you have not cycled while breastfeeding, i would recommend a pregnancy test before starting any birth control just to be sure! then it will probab ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shontae Buffington
16 years experience Pediatrics
Call you doctor: In the early days or weeks you can breastfeed and get cramping but by 5 months these subside. You need to have an evaluation to figure out why you ar ... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes its normal: It can be several months before your periods resume...And you could still get pregnant so once having sex again, be sure you use birth control.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. William m Simpson
48 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Your period will almost certainly return to "your normal" after you stop breastfeeding. It may take several cycles for your normal to return, but it ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Munshower
29 years experience Family Medicine
Couple months: Everyone is a different, and this may take a month or several months for your body to return to its normal ovulatory cycle. If not normal in 2-3 mont ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lesley Meister
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: It only takes about 2 weeks for the pregnancy hormones to leave your body during which time 66% of postpartum women will experience "baby blues." a m ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gregory Hines
23 years experience Family Medicine
Not unusual: Breastfeeding mothers often do not have periods, and when they do, they are usually irregular.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Johnnie Ham
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
6 weeks to 6 months: Really depends on whether you are breastfeeding, which can suppress ovulation. If you do not breast feed, 1-2 months is common. If you do breast feed ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Patterson
41 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Your OB should have: Discussed this with you before you left the hospital, but if you are not breast feeding , u should get a period in 6-10 weeks after delivery.
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chevies Newman
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Your menses will : Hopefully be normal from the start. People generally ovulate better right when off the pill. Acne may return because the birth control pill produces ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
6 weeks: Usually by your 6 week postpartum check your uterus is back to normal size. Breastfeeding helps the uterus to shrink and also decreases your bleeding ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Holly Maes
35 years experience Pediatrics
Varies: Typically a fulltime breastfeeding mom doesn't get a period back until around 6 months, as the child begins to decrease their milk intake a bit. Howev ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Xanthopoulos
21 years experience Pediatrics
It varies: It may take some time although as the child starts eating solids and you are offering less breastfeeding then it is more likely your periods will resu ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patricia Rogers
38 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
It depends: If you were never moody with your periods before childbirth, there's no reason to expect a change. I don't think childbirth affects PMS at all, but h ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Charles Gordon
Specializes in Adolescent Medicine
Periods timing: On the contrary BCPs are frequently given to regularize the timing of the woman's menstrual cycle, most commonly at the beginning of her cycling as a ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jane Van Dis
17 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
A few days: It's so painful, isn't it? Best is anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen to help with the cramping. 600-800mg every 6-8 hours will help a lot. But each ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cynthia Lu
15 years experience General Practice
What OC are you on?: If you are on an oral contraceptive, should have normal period, once your body adjusts to the new hormone you are adding. However, if continues, pleas ... Read More
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A 9-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
May remain darker: Women can have increased pigmentation (darker coloring) on the face, the areolas, and some other areas of the body during pregnancy. After delivery, ... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Danny Proffitt
42 years experience Family Medicine
Depends: It can be normal to have menses one month after birth. Others may take 6 weeks or more. It will depend on whether you are breast feeding & perhaps o ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Traub
18 years experience Fertility Medicine
Maybe A While: On average normal ovulation returns about 9 months after stopping depo. It can come earlier or it can take up to 2 years in some cases. It really is v ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Timothy Brown
43 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: When your flow is light you are more likely to notice it during the day when you are up and active.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Victor Beshay
19 years experience Fertility Medicine
Preseed: Preseed will not help with improving chance of pregnancy. However, unlike other lubricants, does not affect sperm negatively, therefore will not hampe ... Read More

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