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Old 04-05-2004, 04:25 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I'm bfeeding my 9 mo and recently went off Micronor cuz I suspected it was giving me headaches (I've been off it 2.5 weeks and no headaches )

During the past two weeks I think I've been ovulating but its been almost constant and seems to be dying down now. I remember last time I went off the pill I also seemed to ovulate twice in month before I became regular (I also had 2 periods that month!).

Anyways, does this fall within the range of normal while bfeeding? It doesn't smell and isn't a weird color so I don't suspect vaginal irritation or infection.
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Hi KiwiZ,

It is hard to say whether or not that is normal. Breastfeeding provides an abundance of the hormone prolactin, which suppresses secretion of estrogen (and ovulation). If you were taking a hormone (progesterone or low-dose estrogen), that sort of counteracts most of the prolactin from breastfeeding.

I guess what I am saying is that, hormonally speaking, you are not the same as a woman who is BF who never took hormones at all, KWIM?

Having said that, I will also say that irregular cycles are *very* common when your fertility is returning.

Hope this helps,
Jean

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It's hard to say. Before I got pg this time, I had fertile cm almost everyday pp. I also have long fertile cycles when I'm not bfing and things are 'normal'. BFing can always bring on fertile patches of cm and not necessarily be Oing.

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