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Question: Eight Weeks After Childbirth Still No Period


 manda - Fri Jan 13, 2006 2:54 am

I gave birth to my second child on November 16th and I still have not received my period. I had intercourse about three weeks after giving birth. I have taken two pregnancy tests both to be negative. The gyno told me it should be anytime, I have had minor cramping and bloating. Could my stressing over the situation be causing it to be delayed or could something else be wrong. The gyno is also wanting to do an IUD should I wait until I get my period back before getting that or would it be ok now since the pregnancy tests were negative. Any advice would be helpful and appreciated.
 Dr. Anthony Solomon - Fri Jan 13, 2006 5:53 pm

There should be no hurry to insert an intrauterine device. It is always good practice to await the onset of menstruation before attempting this procedure.

The timing and technique of fitting an IUD are critical for its subsequent performance. Devices are best fitted after the end of menstruation and before the calculated time of implantation. Pre-screening for cervicitis should ideally be performed to prevent the risk of infection which occurs in the first 20 days after insertion.

Dr Anthony Solomon
Consultant Physician, Tropical & Genitourinary Medicine

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