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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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What is the cause for bleeding post vaginal delivery?

So I delivered my baby (4th) on 11-20-13, and it was a normal vaginal delivery. I had the normal bleeding for 4 weeks, and then it finally stopped, however after about 5 days I started bleeding again, a lot. Sometimes I just stand up and it gushes. At first I thought it was my period returning, but I thought it was odd, because I'd never had one so soon with my others and I'm breastfeeding. I typically don't worry about such things, but it just seems like a lot.
Wed, 8 Jan 2014
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Thank you for writing in HMC,
You seem to have a condition called secondary postpartum hemorrhage which is excessive bleeding more than 500 ml upto 6 weeks following delivery. The most important cause is retained products of conception in your uterus, which is causes the heavy bleeding. Kindly consult your gynecologist as soon as possible for a scan and further management.
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