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heavy period, then super-light?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 9, 2006
  • 03:34 PM

I've been having some weirdness about my menstrual cycle the past two months. I'm "normally" extremely regular/predictable, but the past year has been pretty stress-filled both emotionally and physically (I had a rare type of breast cancer, and had radiation a few months ago, but all seems to be working out just fine). Basically, last month my period was going fine, and then I had an MRI (just screening, nothing wrong!) and whether it was coincidental or a reaction to the contrast fluid, it was like it "paused" my period for two weeks -- down to a tiny trickle. Then, as suddenly as it "paused", it resumed its normal flow and ended in three or four days. I did call my MD about this, and she didn't seem too concerned (says it's probably stress).

Needless to say, the almost-three-week-long period during my last cycle sort of re-sorted out my cycle, and so my period started three weeks after the last one ended (i.e. not four weeks after the last one begun). I think this is a good sign, as it would seem to indicate that whatever caused the delay was definitely hormonal -- an issue that just caused excessive bleeding shouldn't have reset my cycle timing that way. Anyway, so my only concern now is that my period thus far this cycle has been VERY light, almost more like spotting. I know I'm not pregnant (impossible and got a negative test result just to be sure), so my question is... if there's anyone out there who has stress-affected periods, does it make sense that a long period one month would cause the next one to be super light?

I can't find any serious diagnoses that could cause such diametrically opposed effects (prolonged one month and extremely light the next) so I'm thinking it's just stress... but if anyone else has experienced anything like this, I could use the encouragement! I have no other symptoms at all, not even a cold! I would just make an appointment with a GYN, but I am new to the area I live in and don't have a "regular" GYN yet, and the waiting lists here are literally months long for new patients... and I don't want to go to the ER for a light period, you know? Obviously I'll go if the weirdness continues, but I'd really rather wait a month or two and see if it straightens itself out. So any advice anyone has would be much appreciated! Thank you.:)

Edited to add: I forgot to say that I'm 23, was on the Pill until six months ago, not taking anything now.

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