Return of menses (return of menstrual periods)

Gynecology Division

Boulevard de la Cluse 30
1205 Genève

Patrick Petignat
Patrick Petignat
Head of division

When will my periods come back?

The first period after childbirth is also known as the "return of menses". It usually arrives six weeks after childbirth. If you are breastfeeding entirely, this return of menses may be delayed by a few weeks to a few months.

Warning: breastfeeding is not a method of contraception.

You should consult your gynecologist around six weeks after giving birth for a postpartum check-up and to address the issue of contraception.

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Last update : 29/01/2019