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Irregular periods after C-section Surgery, light brown discharge. Is it normal?

Hi, i gave birth 6 months ago via cs, my menstruation went back after a month, ussually falls last week of the month my last was the last week of feb to the 1st wk of march then i didnt have on the last wk of march, yesterday i noticed a very light brown discharge and became darker this morning, is it normal or should i be worried about it?
Asked On : Sun, 29 Apr 2012
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First of all, congratulations on your child - I hope the delivery itself was not too difficult.

I will assume that you are not breast-feeding given the initial resumption of your cycles. I will also assume that you are not on any form of birth control or I think you would have mentioned that to me.

It is not uncommon after the birth of a child to have irregularity in your cycles related to unpredictability of when you ovulate. In women who are breast-feeding, or even in cases of being around a crying newborn, there is elevation of a hormone called Prolactin. When this is elevated, cycles can be irregular or non-existant.

In the case of a light brown discharge, this might be related to a small amount of breakthrough bleeding related to the irregularity in your cycles. Here is what i would recommend:

1. If you have had unprotected intercourse at any time since delivery, do a home pregnancy test. If it is positive, then contact your OB/GYN
2. While I am saying this is normal, if you are concerned about the irregularity, temporarily being on birth control is worth considering for cycle regulation.

I hope this helps and good luck!
Answered: Sun, 29 Apr 2012
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