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Monday, October 10, 2005

I have been breastfeeding my twins for the past 20 months. I had my first period when they were about 4 months old, then none until about 4 months ago. I found that at the last 2 periods have been very long, about 3 - 4 weeks in length. They are not heavier than normal, and I do not have any other symptoms, apart from feeling frustrated at the extended length of bleeding time. I understand that they can be a little erratic to begin with. Is this possibly the cause? I also have a history of PCOS and infrequent periods. Any input from you about this would be greatly appreciated.

Regards,
Sue

Dear Sue,

I suspect that you are not ovulating due to the effects of PCOS and breastfeeding. The lining of your uterus continues to grow and has started sloughing off on its own, without the hormonal signal of ovulation. Since they are not regulated by ovulation, your periods can be longer or heavier than normal. This should go away by itself when you stop breastfeeding. If you have any other menstrual abnormalities, you may want to talk it over with your doctor who knows more about your medical history and family history.

Sincerely,
Amy

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