When Does Menstruation Return To Normal After Cesarean Section?

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I just gave birth by SC on May 17 2018, then I gave birth for about 35 days. Then I only gave breast milk until the baby was 3 weeks old and after that continued with supportive. The question is 1) when is the normal period after delivery? 2) does breastfeeding really affect menstrual hormones? Thanks

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Good afternoon, thank you for asking at HealthReplies.com. When pregnant, a woman does not experience menstruation because of the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy. But that does not mean that after childbirth, the woman will immediately return to her normal menstruation.

A woman's menstrual cycle after giving birth will return to normal gradually starting around 6-8 weeks afterward. This happens in case the woman is not breastfeeding. If a woman is breastfeeding, especially giving exclusive breastfeeding, this activity can delay menstruation and become a natural contraceptive for up to 6 months afterward.

This is because the hormone that produces breast milk, or the hormone prolactin, also functions to suppress the release of a hormone that is responsible for fertilizing and maturing female eggs. So in your case, if you haven't had your period after giving birth it is still categorized as normal. However, if after a few months you are still not menstruating, or you feel other symptoms such as pain, spotting outside the menstrual cycle, etc., check with your obstetrician for further tests.

So, hopefully it answers your question.

dr. Amadeo D. Basfiansa

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