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View Poll Results: When did your period return post-partum?

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    1 7.69%
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    6 46.15%
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    2 15.38%
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Thread: When will it return? No period 15-months postpartum

  1. #1
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    Default When will it return? No period 15-months postpartum

    Hi all -

    Well I never thought that I would actually MISS my period, but now that it's been almost two years since I've had one, I'm starting to wonder/worry about when it will return. I know that some women can go almost two years before it returns, but given the fact that my mom almost always saw the return of hers within 6 months - even when breastfeeding - I think I thought the same would be true for me, too.

    The other complicating factor is that we're hoping to start trying to get pregnant again fairly soon here. I know that you don't have to have a period in order to get pregnant, and I have actually had a fair bit of cervical mucus (more than I used to have, and on and off throughout the month) and cramping at times (sorry if that's TMI), but no actual period yet. My daughter - who is 15-months-old - does still nurse in the morning and after work, and then pretty much all through the night - we still co-sleep. It actually seems like the night nursing is important for us, since I work and am away from her during the day, so I don't just want to cut her off...

    So, just wondering: is this normal? For those of you who have been here/done this before, how long did it take your period to return? Thanks for your help!

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    Default Re: When will it return? No period 15-months postpartum

    Have you tried acupuncture? I have heard from other moms that it helped re-establish a full cycle. It may be you are almost ovulating, but just not bleeding. I have been getting cramps every month with no bleeding (and I'm not pregnant since I rarely have sex, sadly ) I am 13 months postpartum with no menstruation. I also took about 12 weeks to stop with the postpartum bleeding/lochia.

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    Default Re: When will it return? No period 15-months postpartum

    My period returned at 15.5 months postpartum with both girls, which happens to be the average for a breastfeeding mom. So you're really not in any way outside the norm, when it comes to your period.
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    Default Re: When will it return? No period 15-months postpartum

    It was different for my two kids, my second it was 24 months, but I already voted 18 months for after number one.

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    Default Re: When will it return? No period 15-months postpartum

    I'm approaching 25 months PP with no period with DS. We still nurse ~10-12 times per day on demand, with ~3 night nursings. He's not a big solids eater at all some days; others he'll eat a 3oz steak in one sitting with a cup of fruit!

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    Default Re: When will it return? No period 15-months postpartum

    Thanks for the responses and the votes in the poll. I hadn't realized that 15.5 months was the average. I guess many of my fellow moms have weaned on purpose at an earlier age -- many around 6 months or a year -- so their periods came back a bit earlier. Thanks for the encouragement. Sometimes it's just nice to feel "normal"!

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    Default Re: When will it return? No period 15-months postpartum

    16 months and AF is still MIA! My gyno gave me an order for blood tests to check hormone levels, as a "just in case" thing. I'm almost 39 and want to ttc again but I've come around to the idea that my body is not ovulating again for a reason. There's a good lll article on this subject: http://www.lalecheleague.org/nb/nbsepoct06p196.html
    Mama to a sweet kitty born July 2012.

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    Default Re: When will it return? No period 15-months postpartum

    16 months pp and mine hasn't returned. Still nursing. I'm 44 and hoping I don't go straight to menopause! But I don't miss having my cycle at all.
    1st time mom over 40 to Alex(andra) b: 7/14/12

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