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worriedwoman
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I gave birth two months ago (exactly) and have been breastfeeding almost exclusively, with only one formula supplement before bedtime. About twenty minutes ago, I went to the restroom and discovered that I was bleeding slightly, which thoroughly surprised me, because I thought you weren't supposed to get a period when you were breastfeeding. I ended my post-pregnancy bleeding about 2.5 weeks ago, so I am assuming that isn't what it is. I have just developed a UTI, could that be the culprit?

Also, now I have a brand new concern about birth control. My husband and I have been using the withdrawal method (how I got pregnant in the first place), because we assumed it was safe b/c of the breastfeeding. He absolutely refuses to wear condoms and I got a prescription for the mini-pill from my doctor, but didn't think it was necessary to start using it, because I thought I wasn't ovulating. AM I ovulating now?? Also, we have been having sex for two weeks now. Is it safe to assume that the withdrawal method hasn't gotten me pregnant since I have started bleeding.

I'm just freaking out, this was unexpected. Can anyone offer any wisdom? Thank you.

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Sorry to be late on this, worriedwoman, as I was out of town.

Generally, when a woman is breastfeeding full-time or very close to it (as in, at least 85% of feeds are breastfeeds), most women will not become pregnant during that time. Statistically, full-time breatfeeding has an effectiveness rate that's equal to that of the pill.

However, breastfeeding does not always hinder menstruation: some breastfeeding women won't have periods for weeks after lochia stops, others months, and some even years, but it varies a lot. UTIs don't halt menses. So, it's most likely you are just resuming your period, and that's normal and nothing to worry about, save that often, menses resumes when a woman starts feeding less, so if you are feeding less, then you can't rely on lactation to protect you from pregnancy.

If you absolutely do not want to become pregnant again, and/or are not breastfeeding full-time, or think you won't be soon, I'd suggest starting to use your mini-pill.

And on a related note, if you have a partner who simply refuses to take any sort of responsibility, or play any real part, in contraception, I'd also suggest really dealing with that, either via counseling, or talks on your own. If you're becoming pregnant when you don't want to because your partner will not share responsibility, that's a very real problem in a very big way.

[ 05-27-2007, 10:23 AM: Message edited by: Heather ]

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