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Menstrual Cycle (Definition)

The menstrual cycle begins with the shedding of the uterine lining, resulting in bleeding from the vagina. A few weeks later, one ovary releases an egg and the uterine lining thickens in preparation for a potential pregnancy. Pregnancy can occur at this stage if sperm fertilizes the egg. If the egg is not fertilized, the egg will leave your body and ...Read more


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I had a baby 4 months ago and stopped breastfeeding 2 months ago. When should I have my first period?

I had a baby 4 months ago and stopped breastfeeding 2 months ago. When should I have my first period?

Can start about now: After delivering a baby, a woman will not resume menstrual periods for months. The time could be a few or many months. It varies a great deal among women. Often, a non-breastfeeder gets her menses after 2-4 months, a typical breast-feeder has her period after 6-8 months, and the few exclusively breastfeeding moms might go a year without menses. A woman can get pregnant before first menses returns! ...Read more

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I have been exclusively breastfeeding for 4 months, when can I expect to have my first period after delivery? Will my period effect my milk supply?

I have been exclusively breastfeeding for 4 months, when can I expect to have my first period after delivery? Will my period effect my milk supply?

Varies: Great job on the great feeding! Keep it up! Your period may not start until you stop breast feeding. However, it could start earlier to. It varies from woman to woman. If your period comes, your milk supply should not be significantly affected if you are consistently breast feeding. Keep up the great work! ...Read more

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I had intercourse on 9th and 10th day after my period and I took morning pill on 11th day. Will I get pregnant? And this is my first period after my first delivery and I am breastfeeding mom. Can u help me?

I had intercourse on 9th and 10th day after my period and I took morning pill on 11th day. Will I get pregnant? And this is my first period after my first delivery and I am breastfeeding mom. Can u help me?

Unlikely but possibl: Taking the "morning after"pill greatly reduces the cchance of being pregnant. A reliable method of birth control-in your circumstances-seems more in your best interest. Your OB md or provider should be able to help. ...Read more

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I am having bright red moderate bleeding 7 weeks postpartum, and I exclusively breastfeed. I this my first period or should I be worried?

I am having bright red moderate bleeding 7 weeks postpartum, and I exclusively breastfeed. I this my first period or should I be worried?

Possible period: May be start of periods not usually this soon if breast feeding. Depends on how much bleeding and how long and if bleeding completely stopped for a while. Recommend go back and be checked by obstetrician. ...Read more

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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more