Some changes happen in women’s body while pregnant. The circulating hormones might cause several things, including stopped period.
What Stops my Period during Pregnancy
Menstruation will stop when a woman gets pregnant. Pregnancy happens when men’s sperms manages to reach women’s fallopian tubes and fertilize the egg that has undergone ovulation. The level of progesterone hormone inside women’s body is high to protect the uterus to shed during pregnancy, and hence, this stops women’s period. During your pregnancy you will not shed any blood except those brownish spot you can possibly have in early age of pregnancy. This is not menstruation. It is the way your body is telling that you are pregnant. It is called implantation bleeding—light bleeding caused by embedding fertilized egg to your uterus line.
When will my Period Comes Back after Delivery
When pregnant, your body will release Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) hormone and should have high level of progesterone. Low level progesterone will lead to the possibility of miscarriage. Because of the high level of progesterone, you will not get your period during your pregnancy. After delivery, the level of progesterone may fluctuate and you may get your period either sooner or later after giving birth to your baby.
Some women gets their period within 6 weeks after she gave birth, while some others get through their 7 months without getting back their cycle after giving birth. All this variety depends on personal body cycle and hormones, so that it is not easy to predict the exact time of your period comeback. Below are the factors that may induce or inhibit your cycle to come after delivery.
Whether or not you are breast-feeding.
When breast-feeding, your body releases prolactin, oxytocin, and progesterone to produce milk and let the breast milk come in to feed your newborn. If your baby only consumes your breast milk without other given fluids and additional solid foods, the level of progesterone inside your body will remain high even after delivery. This will inhibit your period to come, because you will need lower level of progesterone in order to have the cycle. On the contrary, mothers who do not feed their baby by breast-feeding will get their period back sooner. Although the numbers may vary, breast-feeding mothers usually spend 5 to 7 month without their period, while mothers feeding their baby formula get their period back only 6 weeks after delivery.
Baby’s sleeping schedule.
When your baby sleeps more than 3 or 4 hours during the day and sleep more than 6 hours at night, you are most likely to get your period back sooner. On the contrary, if your baby sleep less which means you have to breast-feed her more frequently, you probably would have more time without your cycle.
Whether or not your baby sucks pacifier
When your baby suck pacifier, she consumes less of your breast milk. When only little breast milk consumed, your body message the brain to reduce the production of prolactin, oxytocin, and progesterone which gives a chance to give you back the menstruating cycle. As stated before, lower progesterone level will lead to uterus line shed. This is what happening when you are having your period. In other words, the sooner you give your baby a pacifier, the sooner your period may comeback.
Your baby’s attachment to your breasts.
When your baby is not only use your breasts to breast-feeding, you would likely to have some more period-free months. Even though she is not breast-feeding and use your breasts only for comfort sucking, your body gets the message to keep producing prolactin. This will increase your progesterone level and thus, keep your uterus line in place.
Is it Possible to Get Pregnant during My Period Absence?
You might think that you are not being able to get pregnant during this period-absence. Since there is no uterus-line shed, you end up thinking that you do not have fertile eggs. In fact, you are still ovulating during this period and thus, are still producing fertile eggs. Hence, should you wish not to get unexpected pregnancy, protection or natural contraception may be needed for sexual intercourse done during the time.