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Lactational Amenorrhea – A Brief Know-how


Lactational Amenorrhea is the medical situation when a mother doesn’t experience menstrual periods while breastfeeding.
There’s a 6% chance of pregnancy in the first 6 months after pregnancy in lactational amenorrhea. [4]

- Requires a medical diagnosis
- Lab tests or imaging rarely required
- Medium-term – Regular menstrual cycle resumes after 6 months
- Isn’t contagious – doesn’t spread among women
Pregnancy is the most common cause of amenorrhea; some others encompass defects in reproductive organs or glands that regulate hormonal levels. If ingestion of oral contraceptives is stopped, it may take a while for normal ovulation and the menstruation cycle to return.
Ages affected – Between 0 and 20: Rare; Between 20 and 55: Predominant; 55 and above: Rare


Requires a medical diagnosis
Symptoms include milky discharge from the nipples, headache, pelvic pain, acne, and so on.

People may experience:
Hair problems – Hair loss, excessive facial hair
Pain – pelvic pain, headache
Changes in facial features – acne
Also common – vision changes, milky nipple discharge


Women who became mothers recently must take care of their body weight by eating healthy foods, and not taking excessive stress.
Often, hormonal imbalances trigger amenorrhea; conditions such as thyroid malfunctions or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) should be immediately let known to a gynecologist or health specialist.

Hormonal medication or birth control pills may help restart the normal menstrual cycle. Medicines that cause periods to stop include -
a) Antipsychotics
b) Antidepressants
c) Allergy medications

In rare cases, procedures such as estrogen replacement therapy may be needed to be prescribed. We recommend young mothers to seek help from gynecologists and health specialists at mfine (www.mfine.co).

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