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I gave birth 8 months ago(c-section) and about a month after giving birth I started having regular periods. 2 months ago I went a whole month without getting my period. The next month I finally got it and it was extremely heavy. A week later after my period I'm now experiencing light spotting. I've been feeling extremely tired and exhausted for the past 2 or 3 months and I don't know why (now that the baby's sleeping through the night). My doctor ordered some labs to be done on me and next week they're going to do an ultrasound of my uterus...any clues as to what might be going on with me and my body??

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replied January 31st, 2011
Menstruation Answer A19152
Hello and thank you for posting your medical question on E health Forum. I am glad I can help you here.

Irregular periods and spotting post-pregnancy is due to high levels of prolactin, which maintains breast milk production. It also prevents ovulation and these anovulatory cycles present in the form of irregular cycles.

The lethargy and fatigue probably could be due to anemia, post partum hypothyroidism, etc.

Your doctor has the blood tests to check for the same, and the the ultrasound of uterus to make sure everything is ok.

I hope this helps.

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