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...I am 7 weeks postpartum and have started bleeding again

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Hello...I am 7 weeks postpartum and have started bleeding again over the last few days. It's red/pink and only a small amount, mainly on wiping. I have no other symptoms and Breast feeding on demand. Did mention it at 6week chk but the doctor thought it might just be related to constipation (wasn't sure of origin at this point) but def vaginal. Had a natural birth with no stitches. What might this be?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Uzair replied 2 years ago.
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This seems like Lochia or post partum discharge which is pink watery and decreases over time, usually this subsides in about 5 to 6 weeks but some women have it for a few more weeks before it stops completely.
If you have started on the progestin-only birth control pill (the "minipill") or gotten the birth control shot (Depo-Provera), you're likely to have spotting for a month or more, and that's perfectly normal.
Lochia refers to vaginal discharge during the postpartum period. (The term comes from a Greek word that means "relating to childbirth.") It consists of blood, sloughed-off tissue from the lining of the uterus, and bacteria.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thanks for the reply. This initial bleeding appeared to stop after about 3 weeks but this light bleeding has just started now at seven weeks. Is this normal? I'm not currently on any form of birth control.
Kind regards
Expert:  Dr Uzair replied 2 years ago.
Thanks for the reply.
Yes, initially, the bleeding is more intense, there are clots and the blood is dark red as well, then it subsides and fluctuates on and off for a few weeks.
It should subside, if it doesn't then you should visit your Obs/Gyn.
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