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Purple Lemonade
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My mom and me are going to the doctor tomorrow.
Well, you see, while I was getting breastfed, my mom took contraceptive pills, and she was wondering if that had anything to do with my VERY irregular period (which I've had since November '98).
It comes and goes from about August to November, none in December, and it's always started again on the exact day of January 8, then goes away until August...and so on.
So I was just wondering if my mom's breastfeeding and taking contraceptives would have had any effect on my hormones.
ANY help would be much appreciated.
Luv,
Marianna

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[This message has been edited by Purple Lemonade (edited 05-19-2001).]


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i'm no doctor, so i don't know if your hormones could be affected by that...but i do have a question.

why was your mother taking the pill when she was breastfeeding anyway? not, like, to say she was a bad mother by doing that, i'm just wondering why it was necessary, seeing as breastfeeding is in and of itself a highly effective form of natural contraception (my understanding is that when a woman is lactating her body produces a hormone that suppresses ovulation.)

em

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alaska
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Yup, you are right, Em, breastfeeding supresses ovultation, but not *forever*, many women start menstruating again when they've been breastfeeding for several months (from what I just read, 5 months seems to be the max) and slowly start to wean their children off but still breast feed. Apparently many often choose birth control pills (mostly non-estrogen pills), which apparently isn't a prob if lactation has been firmly established.

Purple, I made a quick check on this, and Planned Parenthood says this in regards to pills and breastfeeding:

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Progestin-only pills will not affect your milk during nursing. Combination pills may reduce the amount and quality of milk in the first six weeks of breastfeeding. Also, the milk will contain traces of the Pill's hormones. It is unlikely that these hormones will have any effect on your child.

In any case, I think your doc can probably advise you best; my personal guess (I am no medical professional, after all) is that your irregular period has more to do with your own body chemistry than with the fact your mom used the pill and maybe passed some hormones on to you back then.

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In regard to breastfeeding as a method of birth control - definitely not very dependable. I know of at least 6 people who got a "surprise" second pregnancy that way. while it might supress ovulation, I think that anyone who defintely doesn't want another child right away should consider using another form of birth control while breastfeeding.
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alaska
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Same here, Lisa, I know lots of siblings who are like a year or so apart....happens very often, apparently, that couples don't get back into the birth control routine after a birth.
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Purple Lemonade
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No offence here guys....but this thread isn't REALLY about getting pregnant during breastfeeding.
Just a reminder.....

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alaska
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Purple, honey, please be courteous. Topics simply stray from their original origin sometimes.

As I already posted, I really think your doc can advise your here best. To what I could check online, using Oral contraceptives during breast feeding DOES NOT influence the baby, and again (as I already said, too) I think your irregular periods are probably due to other factors.

So what did your doc say?

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Purple Lemonade
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Okay, guys, as dopey as this may sound, soon after me and mom got home from our gyno, [and after we picked up my prescription--they're pills that are supposed to speed up my hormones somehow] I got my period.....is that cool or what??
Oh yeah, my gyno said it had something to do with my diet, stress and my constant weight change.
Well, at least I've got that off my chest...I mean my uterus....*lol*
Luv,
Marianna

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Good to hear that you got that checked out, sweetie. Hope that you can manage to get this under control....lower stress levels and better eating habits (and no weight yo-yo-ing and all) will definitely make you overall feel fab, too, and not jsut get your period in sync.

Take care.


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