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 (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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Most women resumed intercourse in the early postnatal period while a small proportion delayed till up to six months (5,6).Many gynecologists now recommend waiting for 4 to 6 weeks after delivery to allow cessation of lochial loss and healing of episiotomies, tears or other birth-related perineal injuries (7,8).Although the delivery-coitus resumption interval has been reported from different countries, including Nigeria (5,9),we are not aware of any such study from Kano, a highly populous and culturally distinct city in northern Nigeria, where polygamy is common, and the region has consistently reported the highest fertility preferences, total fertility rate and lowest contraceptive uptakes in the country (10-12).
Ecbolic and uterotonic drugs have beneficial effect for early disappearance of lochial and uterine involution (Paul et al., 1996).
In dairy cows, myometrial contractility plays a major role in clearing lochial debris from the uterus after calving (Slama et al., 1991; Hirsbrunner et al., 2002).