Postpartum Period – When Will My Period Come?

Postpartum Period

Postpartum PeriodIt’s been months and months since the baby came out of your womb and your lochia period is finished, and yet somehow you still don’t get your menstruation. No worries, every woman’s body works differently. You cannot compare yours to other women’s because they are just not the same. It is just something  related to a thing called Postpartum Period.

There is no exact call on when menstruation after giving birth or postpartum period will return. For mothers who do not breastfeed, usually postpartum period will come between five weeks and three months after giving birth. However, for breastfeeding mothers, it always takes longer.

Breastfeeding mothers have their hormones in chaos due to the division of their vitamins and nutrition, for them and the baby. Oxytocin and prolactin hormones increase for better bonding and breastfeeding system, while progesterone and estrogen hormones drop because it can interfere with milk production. The level of estrogen dramatically drops in such low level that they start to lose a lot of hair, have even more frequent mood swings and headaches, and their sex drive might be at the lowest level ever. The low level of estrogen also affects their ovulation, hence the long absence of period.

Again, there is no theory mentioning when exactly postpartum period will come. Some breastfeeding mothers have their first postpartum period within four weeks or five months after giving birth, some experience even a year of no period at all after giving birth. As long as you are still breastfeeding, the absence of period is considered common. However, if you are not breastfeeding and your postpartum period still doesn’t start after months, you might want to consult your OB-GYN doctor to make sure that everything is fine.

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