postpartum amenorrhea


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post·par·tum a·men·or·rhe·a

permanent amenorrhea following childbirth resulting from Sheehan syndrome. See: Sheehan syndrome.

postpartum amenorrhea

Amenorrhea following childbirth. The amenorrhea may last for only a month or two and thus be within normal limits, or it may be permanent and therefore abnormal. NOTE: The onset of menstruation after childbirth may be delayed by continued breast-feeding.
See: Sheehan's syndrome
See also: amenorrhea
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The measurement of breast-feeding and postpartum amenorrhea duration, and the assessment of the net effect of breast-feeding intervals on PPA duration poses several methodological demands.
We find that the net relative risk of ending the postpartum amenorrhea is higher when the last born is female than when the last born is male.
Duration of breast-feeding is the principal determinant of the length of postpartum amenorrhea.
Moreover, in 43 countries, fewer than half of women who gave postpartum amenorrhea or breast-feeding as a reason for nonuse had had a birth within six months and had indicated elsewhere in the survey that they were amenorrheic, suggesting that many were once again fertile.