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Post Delivery Menstruation and Ovulation

Post delivery menstruation and ovulation is usually delayed and the time period differs in new mothers. Find out how to infer the ovulation commencement.

The post delivery menstruation will be a little different from your earlier ones. The colour of the blood loss would very bright red, as it is fresh blood and thus a bit denser compared to your normal period. You might need to change your sanitary napkin every 4 hours. So if the flow happens to require over four changes, you must inform your doctor. After a week, the blood flow will reduce and the blood flow will be much paler now and then it will turn into a reddish brown colour.


Basically, in clinical terms, what you comprehend as the first menstruation after delivery is actually a discard from the uterus that is known as Lochia. So after a continuous blood flow for a week or ten days, the discharge turns to a yellowish-white colour and then stops. The discharge is accompanied by quite a strong odour too. Usually, this discharge continues for about a couple of months, but in some cases, it may continue for six weeks as well. It is very relative to the health and other associated conditions of the new mother and your doctor should always be updated with each development and change that you notice as this is very crucial period.

Menstruation after Delivery

It is found that women who do not breastfeed, 80% of them find their menstruation returning to normal within 10 weeks after delivery. But when you breastfeed, the ovulation and the menstruation cycle gets delayed, for about 20 weeks or so. It is important to note that this time period can vary for each new mother as their hormone levels would be different. For some, the normal periods might commence just after a month post delivery, while for some it may take about a year to get back the normal menstruation cycle. So it is always advisable to report each change occurring in your body to the doctor and follow his advice.

The Ovulation Period

Ovulation usually occurs after the first six weeks after delivery. So, this is best time to discuss the necessary and appropriate contraceptives with your doctor. The system basically functions in this manner – when you breastfeed your newborn, a signal is sent to the pituitary gland as he sucks. This raises the levels of the prolactin hormone that in turn results in suppressing the ovulation cycle from commencing. The point to note here is that the threshold limit of the prolactin hormone varies from each woman to another.

It is thus difficult to accurately estimate when you would be ovulating. If the breastfeeding is discontinued after a short phase, the ovulation cycle will resume shortly. There are also instances where women do not start to ovulate until the breastfeeding is stopped altogether.

How to Infer the Ovulation Commencement?

You can gauge whether you are ovulating or not by keeping a close watch on the cervical mucus. When it is dense, it signals the fertility and then you can obviously have recourse to the ovulation prediction kits and the basal body temperatures.

You can observe your own reactions in your daily life to determine whether you are about to ovulate or not. An enhanced libido or sex drive signals that you are close to ovulate normally. Usually the sex drive is low when the woman is breastfeeding. Then, when you notice that the cervical mucus is dry, it means that the fertility stage has not set in yet, but as it gets denser like an egg white, it means that the ovulation has commenced. It is thus all about keeping a close watch on the signals provided by your body at various stages.

When does first menstruation begin after delivery? What is Lochia? When does ovulation cycle become normal after delivery? Discuss here.

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