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Weird period changes...

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  • Posted By: mtnhike08
  • January 7, 2008
  • 08:53 PM

Hi everyone,

I'm a 31-year old married woman, TTC our first child for a couple of months now. Anyhow, my period has been doing some weird things the last few months. For the past 10 years, my periods have been pretty consistent: 27-28 days apart and 4-5 days long. Two months ago, it arrived right on time, but it lasted the better part of 8 days and was VERY heavy with large blood clots (not normal for me) on days 2-5. Same exact thing last month. Then this month, my period came 4 days early (on Jan. 2). It started in the late afternoon, and was very light (which is normal for me on day 1), then the next day very heavy again. And since then--practically nothing. So I basically only had 1 1/2 days of a "real" period", just mild discharge on the 4th and 5th and nothing of significance yesterday. I know that stopping BC can cause weird hormonal changes, but I've never been on the pill (I've used alternative forms of BC), so it's not that.

Is this really strange, or am I just over reacting? I am scheduled to see my OB/Gyn later this month, but I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced this. Thanks!

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  • I am guessing TTC means trying to conceive? If so...have you done a home pregnancy test this week? Maybe it's good news? :) That might not have been a period. About 1/3 of women spot or bleed during the first trimester.http://www.pregnancy-info.net/comp_periods_pregnancy.htmlI hope that is what it is. It would really cheer me up to be the one to tell you. :)If it isn't that, you might have just had one really odd period. Most women have some irregularity from time to time. Maybe call your ob/gyn and see if the doctor wants to see you earlier.
    BesideMyself 41 Replies
    • January 8, 2008
    • 02:39 PM
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  • Thanks BesideMyself... No, I haven't taken a pregnancy test yet, but I just got a call from my Gyn yesterday that there was a cancellation, so I will be seeing her today instead of on the 16th, so I'll just have a test there. Yeah! (nothing funner than a pap smear... :rolleyes:)
    mtnhike08 4 Replies
    • January 9, 2008
    • 03:13 PM
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  • Hi BesideMyself, Had my exam this afternoon. BFN (big fat negative) on the pregnancy test!! :rolleyes: Oh well, maybe next month. Anyhow my doc said to just watch my cycles--she thinks they will probably regulate themselves, as long as the pap comes back normal, of course. Obviously regulating them with the pill is out of the question for me since we're trying to conceive. So, I guess I'll just have to live with it for now.
    mtnhike08 4 Replies
    • January 10, 2008
    • 00:46 AM
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  • Definitely see the ob/gyn, and continue to follow up with them. One abnormal period can be quite normal, a couple or three abnormal periods may be quite normal. But beyond that, your doc may wish to do further testing.I was given the impression years ago that my abnormal periods were quite normal for overweight people, so I didn't worry about it after that. I was recently diagnosed with endometrial cancer which had spread a good bit, and which was the source of the heavy bleeding, big clots, and hormonal influences from the tumors were evidently causing some periods of no bleeding as well. It is so weird.Anyway, just wanted to mention, not to think it's "just normal" for very long! Definitely get checked out and monitor your periods carefully... keep a calendar so that you can show it to your doctor, and mark on each day you have bleeding, if it is light/moderate/heavy.All my best to you.
    lillamae 3 Replies
    • January 10, 2008
    • 06:43 PM
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