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Doctor insights on: Getting Pregnant While Breastfeeding No Menstruation

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Menstruation (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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Is breastfeeding birth control? Can i get pregnant while breastfeeding?

Is breastfeeding birth control? Can i get pregnant while breastfeeding?

Yes, : Yes, absolutely. You can even get pregnant before you have your first period after delivering your baby. Physicians recommend pelvic rest (no sex) for at least 6 weeks after delivery to allow for healing. After that, breastfeeding is somewhere around 80% effective for preventing pregnancy. To increase that, women are recommended to use an additional form of contraception...Most commonly, that includes condoms, specific types of birth control pills (with Progesterone only), iud (intrauterine devices), etc. Remember, no method of birth control is 100%, not even those that i mentioned, but they can be 95-99% effective, especially in combination with breastfeeding. ...Read more

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Taking cortal before sex is safe for not getting pregnant?

Taking cortal before sex is safe for not getting pregnant?

Cortal: What does it say on the bottle. Look it up on the internet or ask you pharmacist. If this was prescribed by your doctor you should have been told by now. ...Read more

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Is having sex everyday while pregnant safe?

Is having sex everyday while pregnant safe?

Safe?: Please clarify what you mean by safe. Unprotected sex, while you cannot get pregnant again, puts you at risk of the twelve common stds. I would make sure you realize that safety is bigger than just pregnancy. ...Read more

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How come breastfeeding women not have a menstrual cycle while breastfeeding?

How come breastfeeding women not have a menstrual cycle while breastfeeding?

Pituitaryinhibition: The pituitary gland is partially inhibited by "feedback" of hormones, but can still allow ovulation. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have contraceptive pills during lactating period,now I am 70 days after delivery.

Is it safe to have contraceptive pills during lactating period,now I am 70 days after delivery.

Yes, but...: The estrogens and/or the progestins in oral contraceptive pills are not likely to harm your baby but may decrease a bit your milk production and composition even "70 days after delivery". If you are worried, you may choose to have a copper IUD instead and eliminate the concern regarding "hormones". ..and have a most effective method of pregnancy prevention for 10 years. ...Read more

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Is there any chance of getting pregnant after getting periods having intercourse before periods?

Is there any chance of getting pregnant after getting periods having intercourse before periods?

Not really : If you have intercourse during or just before or just after your period, you are unlikely to get pregnant. If you mean 11-14 days before period, then yes you can get pregnant then. ...Read more

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No period a year after birth. not breastfeeding nor pregnant. is that normal?

No period a year after birth. not breastfeeding nor pregnant. is that normal?

Not normal: Studies show that most nonlactating women will not ovulate until 6 weeks postpartum. 70% have had return of ovulation by 12 weeks. This would then be normally followed by menstruation. 11 months is significantly longer than this timeframe, and deserves and evaluation by a doctor. ...Read more

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What are the chances of getting pregnant while breastfeeding an 18 month old and menstural cycle has not returned?

It's possible: An18 month old has usually decreased their mild intake enough that your hormones have adjusted enough to start you ovulating again, but not necessarily return of your period. I have a 28 year old son that was conceived while solely breast feeding 6 months post-delivery! so if you are having unprotected intercourse, you certainly can get pregnant. ...Read more

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Chances of getting pregnant while not ovulating?

Chances of getting pregnant while not ovulating?

None.: If you are certain ovulation did not take place then you have no chance of getting pregnant. Problem is, it is next to impossible to be certain ovulation did not occur.. Take Folic Acid 1-5 mg daily and good luck! ...Read more

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9 months postpartum. Period is on a 45 day cycle. Not breastfeeding. Not pregnant. No birth control. Thyroid levels are normal. Any ideas?

9 months postpartum. Period is on a 45 day cycle. Not breastfeeding. Not pregnant. No birth control. Thyroid levels are normal. Any ideas?

Yes.: A 45 day cycle is a normal cycle. I'm assuming, since you seemed concerned, that this is different than the cycle you had before delivery. Sometimes a thyroid test is warranted, but yours is normal. ...Read more

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Is fol 123 tablet advisable while trying for getting pregnant?

Is fol 123 tablet advisable while trying for getting pregnant?

Yes: Fol 123 has 5 milligrams (5 mg or 5000 micrograms) of folic acid, plus vitamin B12 and dha, an omega-3 fatty acid. There is no vitamin proven to help you to get pregnant, but all women trying to conceive should take a prenatal vitamin with 800 micrograms or more of folic acid. This reduces the chance of having a child with serious birth defects like spina bifida. Dha may help baby's brain develop. ...Read more

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Boobs no longer hurting during pregnancy okay?

Boobs no longer hurting during pregnancy okay?

Yes: Many of the discomforts that happen in the beginning of pregnancy like breast tenderness and nausea get better as you progress along. Don't worry though, there are more discomforts coming like back and hip pain later on :). ...Read more

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What determines when my period will return while breastfeeding? Baby is 8 mo. Still no period, but recently started having menstrual-like cramps/bloat

What determines when my period will return while breastfeeding? Baby is 8 mo. Still no period, but recently started having menstrual-like cramps/bloat

Feeding frequency: Several things seem to affect when your period comes back. Moms who breastfeed more frequently and who are thinner generally get their periods back later than moms who are heavier. It's important to use birth control after the first 6 months, because you can get pregnant before your period comes back. ...Read more

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Does taking melatonin after you getting pregnant?

Does taking melatonin after you getting pregnant?

Safe: Hi, Thank you for your question. Melatonin should be safe during pregnancy based on animal studies under 3mg. However, the ideal way would be to improve your sleep hygiene. Hope that helps. Dr. M ...Read more

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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...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