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Very irregular periods and no sex drive 16 months after childbirth

(5 Posts)
alleykitten Thu 15-Oct-09 14:56:20

I'm a bit worried that I've only had three period since ds (16mo) was born. I breastfed for the first 10 of these and had my first period a month later. I've had two since.

I also have no sex drive to speak of. I'm much more freaked out about this than not bleeding. It should be back by now, shouldn't it? I find it very difficult to become physically aroused (this was never a problem previously) and it feels like whatever hormones were present and doing their thing now aren't.

Does anyone have any experience of this? What did/can you do about it?


demonpants Thu 15-Oct-09 21:03:18

I had exactly the same after my second, my gp put the periods (or lack of them) down to hormones being unbalanced as I breastfed for a year and the lack of sex drive down to exhaustion. The lack of sexdrive was a massive concern for me as it was very unlike me but I just had no interest at all, I didnt even want him to give me a kiss! I even considered trying something like viagara but it apparently doesnt work for women. it is slowly returning but I think its the body's way of making you focus totally on your little ones. Make sure you do get checked by your gp though just to put your mind at rest. x

KristinaM Thu 15-Oct-09 21:09:06

i agree. please see your gp. you need some blood tests to rule out things like anaemia and thyroid problems

do not worry - if you have either of these they can be fixed with the correct medications

have you done a pregnancy test?

alleykitten Fri 16-Oct-09 10:07:25

Thanks for your replies. I'm definitely not pregnant so that's not an option. demonpants, we came to a similar conclusion about the hormone imbalance encouraging you to be in mummy mode - my whole character has changed, I'm really risk-averse and worry about everything, in stark contrast to before I got pregnant. KristinaM, I did wonder about thyroid too but I've neither gained nor lost weight so don't think this is it, but I think I will get some blood tests done.

AttilaTheMeerkat Fri 16-Oct-09 10:15:43


I think you would be wise to have some blood tests done. Irregular periods are more often than not caused by hormonal problems and a thyroid imbalance cannot be ruled out as yet.

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