just wondering what you might think about my having had 2 periods a month for the past 2.5 months ( more or less). my son is 15 months old and my period returned when he was about 7 months old. at first they were sporadic...every other month approx but the last almost 3 months they have been every 2 weeks more or less...sometimes a bit more, sometimes less. they are full periods...5 days, pretty heavy as that is my usual. i am still on-demand breastfeeding and he drinks plenty of milk all day and night. i don't feel tired...but maybe a bit more out of whack emotionally. do you think this is a normal process of my period getting back to its former self or is it something I should be concerned about? thanks for your time.
Usually when I am looking at a woman's menstrual cycle, I look 3 cycles in a row to determine whether something is a pattern, or for want of a better word, a "blip." Blips happen sometimes - stress, travel, hormones - all of these things can throw a cycle off and make it longer or shorter than usual. If it happens twice in a row, I pay attention, and if it happens 3 or more times in a row, it is a pattern (as opposed to a blip) and that is when I being assessing and treating. Sometimes this means hormone testing, other times it means looking at other issues. Since your more frequent cycles have been occurring for almost 3 months, which is about 6 cycles, I would suggest you see a naturopathic physician, gynecologist, or nurse practitioner who can appropriately assess your health, including hormones. Obviously, since your son is breastfeeding, any treatment would have to be safe for you and for him. There are many natural treatments available that are safe while breastfeeding. The specific treatment that is right for you will depend upon the cause of more frequent periods.
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