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Old 07-03-2006, 03:08 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Hello, Ladies...
I've been a stranger to the boards lately. I had DD#3 in April 2005 and my menstrual cycle returned at about 9 months post-partum. It was a short cycle, about medium flow I'd say. It only lasted a couple days. I haven't had a cycle since then! It has been about 6 months! Anyone have any ideas why not? I'm not taking any sort of birth control. I am still nursing. I just don't understand why I'd have a period and then ... nothing. (I'm not pg either.)
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Old 07-03-2006, 09:05 AM
 
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I wonder if maybe it wasn't really your menstrual cycle? I don't know what it *would* be, but that's my uneducated guess. My AF didn't return until 16 months, and some women go longer. I think doctors start to get worried if you haven't had AF by 2 years (and I forget the reason why). When my AF did return, it was a totally normal menstrual cycle. I ovulated beforehand (that HURT!), and then AF showed up and lasted about 5 days, which is normal for me. I even started cycling regularly right away, which was odd since it'd taken 6 cycles coming off the pill to get regular before TTC. So glad I found NFP and didn't have to use that icky pill again!

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Is it possible that, for some reason, your baby was nursing a little less than normal around the time before you bled? Often, mamas who are ecologically breastfeeding can put off menses for YEARS. However, if you have a frequent nurser who for some reason isn't nursing as much (sore teeth? stuffy nose? mama sick and in bed? mama busier than normal...say moving or taking care of somebody else who was sick?), that could cause a cycle, even if it's non-ovulatory...then when baby starts to nurse "normally" again, it keeps your cycles away again, until baby backs off of nursing again. There is some information about this in "The Art of Natural Family Planning" and in another book that the Couple to Couple League suggests (it's about ecological breastfeeding and your cycles, but I can't remember the name...if you go to ccli.org, though, there are a list of books for sale...and if you call the contact number, the people there are very helpful and friendly, and could, I'm sure easily tell you which book it is that I'm thinking of). Hope that helps.

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yes, i seem to remember feeding her water or foods aroudn that time. then i remember for a fact that i started nursing more often again. it only lasted a day or so where she wasn't nursed as often as before. i'm glad you mentioned that because that had been my reasoning for the whole thing, but since it has been so long, i have started to wonder again. do you really think that's what that is? i'll check out what you mentioned now that i have a name for it. thanks again.
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