23 May 2023 | 5 min Read
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The onset of your first period after c-section may not differ that much from a vaginal delivery. However, when you get your period may depend on the state of your body, hormonal status, and whether you are breastfeeding after delivery.
Read on as we tell you more about the factors that influence the re-establishment of your cycle after c-section delivery when your menstruation cycle can be a cause for concern.
Factors such as your overall health and hormonal levels may influence the return of your period after childbirth / Image credit: Freepik
The return of your menstrual cycle after c-section delivery may depend on your breastfeeding frequency, and how soon your hormones return to their normal state, as there is a drop in oestrogen and progesterone levels after pregnancy.
No, having a c-section delivery does not necessarily delay your first period. As discussed, the return of your menstrual cycle will be primarily influenced by your hormones, breastfeeding status, and your health conditions before and after pregnancy.
While the hormonal changes occurring in your body may have a significant effect on your menstrual cycle, a few additional factors that can influence the return of your period include:
Your period after c-section or vaginal delivery may not be the same as the ones you experienced before pregnancy. This is because your body is adjusting to your menstrual cycle once again, and hence it may differ from your pre-pregnancy menstruation in various aspects.
It may take some time for your menstrual cycle to normalise after pregnancy. In rare cases, you may not get your regular period for months. Also, in some cases, you may have your first period after delivery, and then experience a break in your cycle before it returns to normal.
Your breastfeeding frequency may affect your menstrual cycle after childbirth / Image credit: Freepik
Your first period may be delayed if you are exclusively breastfeeding due to the hormones produced in your body. To boost breast milk production, your body produces prolactin, which might suppress your reproductive hormones.
Hence, you may not ovulate or produce an egg for fertilisation. As a result, your first period after delivery may get delayed, up until you limit or stop breastfeeding.
You may notice some changes in your breast milk supply or your little one’s reaction to the milk, once your period returns. Hormonal changes after delivery can result in:
However, don’t fret, as these changes are sparse and may not affect your breastfeeding capability.
If your period doesn’t normalise even after a few months of giving birth, or if you notice unusual changes, then you should check with your healthcare provider. You should also seek medical attention in case of the following instances:
Your first period after c-section delivery is mainly influenced by your health, breastfeeding status, and hormones. You may also notice changes in your menstrual cycle after childbirth, such as irregular period, heaving bleeding, or passing of blood clots.
While these changes are normal and occur until your body returns to normalcy, if you notice any unusual symptoms like heavy bleeding or severe pain, then do consult your healthcare provider immediately.
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