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Question: no period for 5 months after c-section


 stp9501 - Thu Jan 03, 2008 7:17 pm

I had a c-section on July 19, 2007 and have yet to have a period. I was told in 2005 that I was pre-menopausal. Could it be that my hormones are still not regulated from the pregnancy or going through menopause? I am 35 years old, but my mother started going through menoapause early at 40. Should I call my doctor or wait to see if I start soon?
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Fri Jan 04, 2008 10:42 pm

User avatar Hi Stp9501,

Either of these two situations may be possible. It is very possibly that you simply still have not returned to your normal cycle following pregnancy. Return of the regular menstrual cycle following pregnancy is very variable. Some women will begin cycling within a month or two. Others will take many months to return to a normal cycle.

Menopause may also do this but I think this is probably less likely given your age. If there is concern, a blood test can help sort the two out. In pregnancy, the normal FSH/LH cycling is suppressed. In menopause, the ovaries begin to fail so the FSH/LH levels begin to rise to try to compensate.

Your gynecologist can help sort this out. It would be reasonable to wait a bit longer as well if you choose.

Best wishes.

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