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If you’re not breast­feed­ing, you can ex­pect your pe­riod to re­turn about six to 10 weeks after baby ar­rives (though some women might not get it un­til much later). For those who are, it may turn up at about 20 weeks, though that too may vary. It’s all to do with pro­lactin, a hor­mone that en­cour­ages milk pro­duc­tion and can in­hibit ovu­la­tion. Don’t be alarmed if it takes longer — some women’s pe­ri­ods won’t re­turn for a year after they stop breast­feed­ing.

The cause:

» You were on the Pill from your teen years un­til you de­cided to con­ceive. The pe­riod you have when you’re on the Pill isn’t a nat­u­ral pe­riod, but a with­drawal bleed­ing from the 21 days of syn­thetic hor­mones, and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing what your cy­cle is re­ally like for the first time in years can be a shock to the sys­tem.

» Your hor­mones are still out of whack after giv­ing birth and need more time to ad­just.

» Weight gain.

» Stress.

» Thy­roid prob­lems. Once your pe­riod ar­rives, iron de­fi­ciency can – iron­i­cally – cause heav­ier pe­ri­ods. But you may see a pos­i­tive change if you have en­dometrio­sis, as preg­nancy can im­prove symp­toms.

Some women’s pe­ri­ods won’t re­turn for a year

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