lochial


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lo·chi·a

 (lō′kē-ə, lŏk′ē-ə)
pl.n. Medicine
The normal uterine discharge of blood, tissue, and mucus from the vagina after childbirth.

[Greek lokhia, from neuter pl. of lokhios, of childbirth, from lokhos, childbirth; see legh- in Indo-European roots.]

lo′chi·al adj.
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In dairy cows, myometrial contractility plays a major role in clearing lochial debris from the uterus after calving (Slama et al.
4) The exact aetiology of perinatal depression is not completely understood but the theories have evolved over the centuries, from Hipprocrate's postulation that it was the suppressed lochial discharge being transported to the brain that caused agitation and labile affect in pregnant women.
Gynecologists advise that intercourse can usually be safely resumed when the lochial loss has ceased at approximately 3 to 4 weeks after delivery (lochia is the tissue, cells, blood, and bacteria discharged from the vagina after birth) (Masters & Johnson, 1966).