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Question: Periods have change after giving birth


 clarkoffski - Thu Nov 19, 2009 5:29 am

I gave birth nearly a year ago and since then my periods have changed. I have always had light periods with no pain until i gave birth. Since then I have had huge amounts of pain that painkillers don't help, also the blood has changed from darkish brown to bright red with clots. is this normal? they have gradually gotten worse over the last year.
 Debbie Miller, RN - Fri Nov 27, 2009 2:05 pm

User avatar Hello,
Changed periods after childbirth are quite common. Often it goes the other way. The heavy, painful periods are then lighter and less painful. But, it can be normal either way. If you are a year after giving birth it is time to see your doctor anyway for routine pelvic exam and PAP testing so it would be a good time to discuss it with your doctor. Sometimes heavy periods are controlled with oral contraceptives.

Best wishes.

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