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Question: Absent Periods


 Ronii - Tue Jul 13, 2004 3:29 am

Hi There,

I have a 2 year old baby who still nurses several times a day. My menses returned about 8 months after the birth and came regularly for many months. But in the past year I have skipped several periods, thought I was pregnant only to end up finally having one after a 6 or 8 week wait. I know nursing can interfere with a normal cycle but I am still concerned. How am I supposed to figure out when to be worried? My doctor always says lactation is the culprit and it will straighten out when I wean the baby. Prior to having the baby my cycles were longer than average usually about 45 days. I do not smoke, drink or use any drugs. I am a bit overweight and probably need to exercise more. My husband would like to have another child before to long and I am concerned about wether or not this problem is early menopause. I am 36 years old.
 Dr. Tamer Fouad - Tue Jul 13, 2004 1:53 pm

User avatar Ronii,
Like your doctor said, lactation is causing your menstrual irregularity. Lactation is a process that involves the secretion of a certain hormone from the brain (prolactin) that directly interferes with other sex hormones.

I don't think you should worry about menopause at your age and given the fact that you are lactating at the moment. Everything should return to normal once lactation stops and your hormonal profile 'normalizes'.

Regards,

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