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40y/o hx of crc, pcos, ivf, hnpcc-. cyclic heavy bleeding (~3day clots) since mense returned 6mo ago after stopping breastfeeding. spotting & dark bloody mucus b/w periods. shortened cycle length & prolonged (12d+) bleeding. fsh 10.3. is it normal?

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Dr. John Berryman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 54 years experience
Short cycle/bleeding: At 40, and with an FSH of 10.3, the ovaries are requiring almost a menopausal level of FSH to ovulate a mature egg, which also creates a much higher level of estrogen, making the lining of the uterus thicken, which causes heavier periods. The cycle is shortened because you are ovulating at day 7-8 instead of day 14 or 15, so your periods will occur at day 21 or so.

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Last updated Jan 30, 2018

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