Asia-Pacific Population Journal

For over two decades, the Asia-Pacific Population Journal (APPJ) has been taking the pulse of population and social issues unfolding in the region. Published by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), APPJ brings out high quality, evidence-based and forward-looking articles relevant for population policies and programmes in Asia and the Pacific. Prominent population experts, award-winning demographers, as well as lesser known researchers have been contributing articles, documenting over the years the evolution of thinking in this important sphere.


Breast-feeding and return to fertility: Clinical evidence from Pakistan, Philippines and Thailand

Breast-feeding is known to prevent women from becoming pregnant under certain circumstances. In recent years, reproductive physiologists have been studying the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis to learn more precisely how lactation postpones the return of “fertility,” or fecundity. Family planning researchers are interested in knowing not only how breast-feeding inhibits ovulation, but how the return of fertility can be predicted during breast-feeding so that its natural contraceptive benefit can be relied upon with confidence.


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