Does Breastfeeding Affect The Menstrual Cycle?
Good night. Yesterday I used a test because I was late for my period more than 2 weeks. The results showed negative. The next day I tried to look again at the one yesterday that I used and the results changed, like there was a faint line to 2. The line was very thin like a shadow. Is that positive? Or just the evaporation line? Currently I am still exclusively breastfed 4-month-old baby. But I still haven’t menstruated yet. Does breastfeeding also affect the menstrual cycle?
Thank you for the question.
Please note, that after the inspection is carried out, the results of the testpack must be read immediately, ie within a few minutes, so that the results are accurate. Too late to read the results of the testpack, especially for days as you do can make the testpack results become no longer accurate, because free air exposure can make testpack results change. If when the testpack is only done negative results, then most likely you are not currently pregnant. To be sure, you can do the test again 3-7 days.
Late menstruation in women who have just given birth and are breastfeeding is generally very reasonable due to hormonal conditions that are not yet stable. Although it is not impossible for you to get pregnant, but it seems likely that this pregnancy is quite small if you see the information that you are breastfeeding an exclusive breastfeeding baby and the testpack results are negative. In addition to being pregnant, late menstruation can also occur due to other factors, such as obesity, weight gain or decrease drastically, stress, lack of exercise, exercise too heavy, the influence of birth control, side effects of drugs, myomas, disorders of the thyroid gland and pituitary, or many other possibilities.
The good thing is, you are not used to it. Go directly to your doctor or obstetrician to ensure this. If it is true that you are not pregnant, ask your doctor for advice on the type of contraception that is most appropriate for you to use so that the distance between pregnancies that are too close can be prevented. As a preliminary treatment, so that menstruation returns smoothly, we recommend that you continue to regularly feed your baby exclusive breastfeeding, get enough sleep, exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, do not stress or think too much, maintain ideal body weight, live a healthy diet (especially just enough water also multiply vegetables, fruits, and whole grains), and do not carelessly take medication while breastfeeding.
Hope this helps ...