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Is it normal for my period not to come while I am breastfeeding?

Is it normal for my period not to come while I am breastfeeding?

Yes: Yes, because the hormones from your pituitary gland that help you make milk interfere with the rhythmic timing of the hormones that control your periods. However, do not take this to mean that you cannot get pregnant while you are breast feeding simply because your periods haven't restarted! nature has a weird sense of humor. ...Read more

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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 am using femilon from last month and i got my periods but it is very light and i just find spotting.is it normal till when will it continue?

I am using femilon from last month and i got my periods but it is very light and i just find spotting.is it normal till when will it continue?

Expected change: Femilon is a birth control pill. Typically women notice that their periods are lighter on the birth control pill than when not on the pill. Depending on the birth control pill, often times women notice that the period will continue to become lighter over time during the first year on the birth control pill. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my period to be late if I am taking doxycycline?

Is it normal for my period to be late if I am taking doxycycline?

Not really. : You may be pregnant. While taking Doxycycline and many other antibiotics, birth control pills are less effective, thus making you more likely to be pregnant which would then explain the potential for a late period. If you are in fact not pregnant, the antibiotic is not in and of itself a reason to delay your period. Check a pregnancy test and if no pregnancy note it is common to miss a period! ...Read more

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I am breastfeeding. How long does plan B stay in your system? I am worried about taking plan be and what it will do to my 6 month old. I am exclusively breastfeeding but worried about getting pregnant because now is definitely not the time.

I am breastfeeding. How long does plan B stay in your system?  I am worried about taking plan be and what it will do to my 6 month old. I am exclusively breastfeeding but worried about getting pregnant because now is definitely not the time.

Not a concern: The progesterone hormone in Plan B is safe to take while breastfeeding and will not harm your child. Exclusive breastfeeding will provide you with some protection but you might want to discuss with your doctor about going on the "mini pill" for better reliability. This is a better option that episodically using Plan B. ...Read more

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Hello, I am on aviane contractive pills and I have my period even though I am not supposed to have it now.. Is it ok? Does it mean it is not working?

Hello, I am on aviane contractive pills and I have my period even though I am not supposed to have it now.. Is it ok? Does it mean it is not working?

OK: It's called breakthrough bleeding, and is not uncommon on the pill. The pill is still working. If it persists too long, talk to your doctor about trying a different pill. Perhaps it will resolve when your next period is over. ...Read more

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I am 28 and my periods are still not coming on a monthly basis. I skip months and then when it does come it last for 2 weeks is this normal?

I am 28 and my periods are still not coming on a monthly basis. I skip months and then when it does come it last for 2 weeks is this normal?

Not normal : But given your age it is possible you may either be developing dysfunctional uterine bleed or starting to go through the change. You really should be seen by a GYN to fully evaluate the abnormal menses you area having to rule out anything serious. ...Read more

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Is it normal to get my period while i'm breastfeeding? I've been breastfeeding for already six months and didn't have my period until this morning. My obgyn told me that i wasn't going to get it until 6 to 8 weeks after stop breastfeeding. Is this ok?

Is it normal to get my period while i'm breastfeeding? I've been breastfeeding for already six months and didn't have my period until this morning. My obgyn told me that i wasn't going to get it until 6 to 8 weeks after stop breastfeeding. Is this ok?

Suppressing : Suppressing menstruation during breast-feeding is called lactational amenorrhea. Studies have shown that lactational amenorrhea for prevention of pregnancy works best when there is unrestricted breastfeeding without regard to schedules, resulting in six to eight breastfeedings a day will suppress ovulation. In addition, allowing your baby to feed at night takes advantage of the peak of the milk-making hormones that suppress ovulation, which are highest between 1 A.M. And 6 A.M. Nighttime nursing is important to the suppression of fertility. Avoid using supplemental bottles and pacifiers - all of baby's sucking should be at the breast, for comfort as well as food. Delay the introduction of solid foods until age six months or later. Solids should provide additional nutrition, not substitute for breast feedings. If you have had your period, be aware that you can become pregnant and that at this point, you should use some form of birth control if you want to avoid becoming pregnant. ...Read more

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I started my period the day after having unprotected sex. He pulled out but does this mean I am pregnant or not? I am not completely sure it is my period but it is not spotting. I was going to take the day after pill. Should i still take it?

I started my period the day after having unprotected sex. He pulled out but does this mean I am pregnant or not? I am not completely sure it is my period but it is not spotting. I was going to take the day after pill. Should i still take it?

The : The source of vaginal bleeding after sex is most commonly from the cervix - the part of the uterus that hangs into your vagina. It is most likely just cervical irritation from the friction of sex and does not mean that you are pregnant. It also does not mean that you are not pregnant since pulling out is not an effective method of birth control. Since it has been 5 days, i hope you did take the morning after pill since it is 89% effective at preventing pregnancy if taken soon after unprotected sex. If you did not and are concerned you might be pregnant, you can either wait 3-4 weeks from when you had sex to take a home pregnancy test or call your doctor for an earlier pregnancy test (blood test). As far as the bleeding goes, as long as you are premenopausal, the bleeding is infrequent, and you have normal, regular pap smears, then you don't have to see your doctor for it. If you are postmenopausal, have bleeding that is heavy or every time you have sex, or if you have had abnormal paps smears in the past, you should see your doctor to rule out more serious causes such as cervical cancer. Good luck! ...Read more

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I am taking Cerazette for 2 months and I am bleeding almost all the time since then. How long does it take normally to not have periods anymore? Thank

I am taking Cerazette for 2 months and I am bleeding almost all the time since then. How long does it take normally to not have periods anymore? Thank

Breakthrough bleed: Sounds like breakthrough bleeding which occurs when you have bleeding at unscheduled times while on the pill. Brown is simply old blood that has been sitting at the back of the vagina. Often things get back to normal the next cycle. If not then schedule a visit to discuss changing brands or changing birth control methods. This is very common. Other than being annoying it is not dangerous. ...Read more

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Im still breastfeeding my 2 month old baby however I am now on my second period is this normal? Thought if breastfeeding you don't get periods

Normal: Breastfeeding *may* delay ovulation and periods after pregnancy, but it is certainly not a reliable birth control method. If you are resuming sexual relations after your pregnancy, make sure you are using an effective birth control method. ...Read more

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So I have had my period for over 3 years now but the problem is that it is not regular it may pass 2 month without get. Is that normal? Am i okay?

So I have had my period for over 3 years now but the problem is that it is not regular it may pass 2 month without get. Is that normal? Am i okay?

Could be normal: There are a lot of factors that impact a woman's periods. Irregular periods can be caused by poor nutrition (especially lack of healthy fats), stress, and too much exercise. Try to improve your health, and if you still have problems see a doctor to have hormone testing done. ...Read more

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I gave birth 5ms ago, i do mix feed. Still no period. Is it still normal? Im not exclusively BF so i thought i should be having it already.

I gave birth 5ms ago, i do mix feed.
Still no period. Is it still normal? Im not exclusively BF so i thought i should be having it already.

Nursing & period.: Generally speaking, the hormonal changes within a nursing mother will hold off the resumption of the cycle, even with non-exclusive breast feeding as you've described. ...Read more

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Why am i bleeding even after my period and having some clotting and I am not pregnant? I've always had normal periods so this is not normal for me

Why am i bleeding even after my period and having some clotting and I am not pregnant? I've always had normal periods so this is not normal for me

Cycles can change : Cycles can change with hormone changes, or due to pathology of the reproductive system. An evaluation by your gynecologist can help determine the cause and treament if necessary can then be initiated. ...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


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Menstrual Period (Definition)

Menstrual period is a medical term for the monthly bleeding ...Read more