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teachnstyle posted:
I had a beautiful baby girl 10 months ago ( we got pregnant after 5 mos of active trying), and my husband and I started to try again for number 2. I gave up breastfeeding when she was 7 months old, and I have had two cycles since giving up nursing. However, my cycle is all over the place (first one came exactly after 1 mo of giving up breastfeeding, the next one came 37 days after that). We have been trying, however, for 5 mos to get pregnant again. It seems impossible to chart since my cycle is all over the place.

Suggestions? We have intercourse almost every other day after my period ends until I get the next one. I have tried charting, but it doesn't seems to be working. When is it appropriate to go to a doctor to see what else can be done? After reading an article about secondary infertility, I`m scared that could be me! Is it possible that it will take longer to become fertile again after breastfeeding? Yes, I am very thankful for my daughter, but I still feel that we have a missing piece to our family puzzle.
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cyberkat99 responded:
I would schedule an appt with your doctor and discuss your options. They may be able to give you something to get your cycle back on track.
Kat (Me, 36, DH (36), DD (1yr), TTC again!
 
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Susannah D Copland, MD, MS responded:
teachnstyle,
You are correct; breastfeeding interferes with the menstrual cycle and it can take a few months to get back to normal. Mother Nature wanted women to be less fertile when nursing, so the act of nursing release hormones that make it less likely that you will ovulate. Once a woman weans, her body should go back to her normal menstrual cycle. If you cycles continue to be irregular, I recommend that you see your doctor to determine whether anything else is interfering with your cycle. Good Luck!


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