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I had my six week post partum check-up today. I've been having a lot of pain and rashes in my genital skin (sorry if TMI!) and the doctor said it is because of low estrogen levels. She said the tissue is very thin and white (she compared it to a 70 year old woman and thought it was funny. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry"> ) and that it might stay that way until I stop nursing.<br><br>
Why does nursing make estrogen levels low? Is there anything I can do to solve the problem I'm having? She said that basically sex will be very painful, although I haven't tried yet. If this is all true, I can't seem myself continuing to nurse for a year.<br><br>
Any help and advice is appreciated!
 

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I too had low estrogen levels. I opted to do nothing and eventually DD moved to solids and the problem cleared up. Just used a LOT of Astroglide and took things slowly. I bet there are some natural remedies, I just don't know of any. Those low estrogen levels may be frustrating right now, but they are good for your long-term health in that they lower your chances of breast cancer. That's part of how breastfeeding protects your body.
 

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I had all those typical symptoms of low estrogen when my first was tiny. Funny, though, that when I had my blood taken and my levels tested, I did not really have low estrogen (it was around 325 or so, though low for me might still be really high for anyone else as I have endometriosis to an extreme). Like the PP, we used lots of lube, went slow, and gradually things got better on their own. You might try some topical wild yam cream or EPO, but if you notice signs of your milk supply dropping, stop using it!
 

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I was told the same thing at my 6 week check up, it was actully at 8 weeks, but i had an IUD put in at that appointment and had to go back 2 weeks later just to have it check out, i had been spotting and light bleeding the full two weeks after it was put in, my midwife said it was due to low estrogen and put me on a low grade estrogen patch (usally used for menapoal women). It worked great, my sex life got a LOT better, i haven't had any spoting/ bleeding since then... i am currently on my second month of the patch and there was a risk of decreasing my milk supply but it never did anything to mine... also another thing you could do to help with the comfert of sex is to use a simple KY lubricant that helps with the dryness caused by low estrogen. HTH!
 

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Low estrogen due to breastfeeding? I didn't know about that and it explains a lot for me! Honestly, the pain "down there" coupled with the baby in the bed, tiredness and general lack of time have put a real damper on our love life. I'm not sure how couples manage to conceive more than one child ever.<br><br>
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Very interesting to find this thread, as I was recently diagnosed with low hormone levels -- at menalpausal levels, I was told. I now have a vaginal ring which has low hormone levels, and also works as birth control. I didn't actually feel low lube levels, but had joint pain, excessive moodiness and quesy/lightheaded feelings (my glucose level was also low). Since having the ring, much of this is better. Another symtom (I think related) was when DD was nursing, I just wanted her off me, which is how I remember feeling when nursing DD1 while pregnant. Not fun feelings!
 

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Thanks for the suggestions! My doctor prescribed a vaginal estrogen cream to use for a while, so I'm going to try that. It is good to know that I need to watch my milk supply while using it, since the doctor didn't tell me that. (I hate my doctor. The only reason I ended up with her is because I was a homebirth / hospital transfer and she was the only doctor who would deliver my baby since I was a "liability".) I think a huge part of my problem is also that my episiotomy is healing really slowly. I guess I just need confirmation that my body WILL go back to normal in time and that all of this is just temporary. I really want my sex life back. (and so does DH! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">)
 
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