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One period in 8 months

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I am worried because i have had only one period since giving birth to my daughter 8 months ago. I am not sexually active so I know I'm not pregnant.


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replied February 4th, 2010
Menstruation Answer A9739
Hello,

Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am really glad to help you out. You seem to be having lactational amenorrhea. It suppresses ovulation because suckling (breast feeding by the baby) changes the body's physiology so that ovulation does not occur. But sometimes ovulation may return prior to menstrual periods after delivery and having unprotected intercourse may result in pregnancy. So your periods should return after about 12 months of your delivery but if amenorrhea persists beyond that then a gynecologist’s consultation is required.

It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.





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