Will my cycles and periods be the same after delivery?
Your cycles may be somewhat different for the first few months after delivery as
your hormones re-acclimate. Ovulation may not be regular in the beginning and they may not be
very effective, especially if you are breasfeeding. (Remember not to use that as birth control
except in the first 3 months if you are exclusively breastfeeding).
If you use a progesterone IUD you may get spotting and irregular bleeding for the
first 3-6 months, and then patients often don't get periods with the Mirena or Skyla
or they are very light. On the contrary, use of the Paragard IUD often leads to
much heavier periods that can be associated with cramps and the periods may last
much longer (up to 8 days). This can be ameliorated by taking NSAIDS during
Wendy Fried, M.D., FACOG, FACS,
is an OB/Gyn with Northern Obstetrics and Gynecology, PC in North Hills, New York
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