OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson explains what to expect from menstrual cycles after baby.
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Dr. Lisa Masterdon: Alright, so worded by my ladies with questions. I think Patrice, you had a question right. You had a question about your period? Patrice: Yes I Just had a baby nine months ago. Dr. Lisa Masterdon: Congratulations. Patrice: Thank you. I am still nursing and I have not gotten a period. Is that normal and then also, does that also mean I do not ovulate and can I get pregnant while I am nursing? Dr. Lisa Masterdon: Yes you absolutely can get pregnant while you are nursing. That is a big myth, why women think that's a really good contraception, it not. It should suppress ovulation for a while and it does and it can. It's what we call lactation amenorrhea means just not having any periods while you are breast feeding and that is one of the big perks of breast feeding besides all the other perks to baby and to you, while you are breast feeding and basically what happens is because of the hormones, it keeps you from having a period because it also suppresses ovulation. So it is a form of birth control, but not that birth control. Okay and the longer that you breast feed, and the slower that you breast feed you are actually going to decrease how effective it is as birth control. Now you can not have a period for up to a year depending on how much you breast feed. Are you breast feeding exclusively still? Patrice: No I am not. Now in the morning and evening/night feeds. Dr. Lisa Masterdon: So you are tapering off so? I wouldn't have expected that, nine months you said. Start to may be come back. So what you want to do is, go to your Ob/Gynecologist and may be get some hormone's drawn because sometimes our bodies are little sluggish in getting back to going to a normal way, or some things that come up after pregnancy are thyroid problems, because it may be the stress of the pregnancy. So it may be worthwhile, you know, to go back to your gynecologist and say, you know I still haven't gotten it, may be you want to check the hormones.