Dr Mini Salunkhe: Can I get pregnant just three months after delivery?

Is it possible to get pregnant again just three months after giving birth?

Many women have got pregnant just a few weeks after giving birth. You can conceive again in as little as 2 to 3 weeks after giving birth and even if your period has not returned. Ovulation can occur within a few weeks after child birth. If you are not breastfeeding, your fertility can return within a few weeks of childbirth.

I have been going through an issue for the last four months now. My period is sometimes irregular and I have an issue of white discharge. It does come with a foul smell or itching but I am still worried. Also, I feel tired all the time, is there any reason?

Irregular periods may be due to hormonal imbalance which can be caused due to several reasons. With a hormonal imbalance you can suffer from abnormal vaginal discharge and weakness as well. Hence, these symptoms may all be linked together with a common causative factor. A thorough gynaecological examination is advised.

I am a 25-year-old female, and I am entering my 29th week of pregnancy. I was on antibiotics last week as I was suffering from Urinary Track Infection (UTI). Could the antibiotics affect my baby?

Antibiotics are commonly prescribed during pregnancy especially for urinary infections, respiratory infections etc. Safety depends on various factors including the type of antibiotic, the stage of pregnancy you take the antibiotic and how much you take and for how long. Your gynaecologist will judiciously prescribe an antibiotic to you and only if required and safe for you. There are several antibiotics that are absolutely safe in pregnancy and will not adversely affect your baby.

Doctor I am 19 years old, I have been experiencing intense pain during my period for as long as I can remember. The pain is so bad that I am forced to take a paracetamol on the first or sometimes second day also. Is this going to have any long term effects? Should I continue doing so?

Severe period pain i.e. primary dysmenorrhea is quite common. Usually this type of period pain does not have any long standing problems. Typically future fertility issues don’t occur with primary dysmenorrhea. Secondary dysmenorrhea usually has some underlying causes like endometriosis, fibroids, long term use of an intra-uterine device, pelvic infection or inflammation. This type of period pain may have long standing fertility issues in the future.

Dr Mini Salunkhe

Dr Mini Salunkhe

Dr Mini Salunkhe is a senior gynaecologist practising in Pune for over a decade. Apart from being a private practitioner, she is a consulting obstetrician and gynaecologist at Inamdar Hospital. Dr Salunkhe addresses reader queries every Friday on Pune365.
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