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Cycle Past Period
Lots possible: There are many causes of skipped periods. Possible causes include stress, thyroid disorders, elevations in prolactin hormone, polycystic ovarian syndrome, eating disorders, excessive exercise, medications, premature menopause and a few others. It's ok to watch for now to see if the cycle goes back to normal next month. But if it doesn't talking to a gynecologist would be helpful. ...Read more
46 years old with changes in cycle past few years. My period was a week early and I'm still having spotting?
My period has always been regular. I am 16 years old but for the past 2 cycles my period has been a week early. Now I am 1.5 week early again?
Need not to worry: menses in teenagers can sometimes happen every 20 days rather than the typical 28-30 days so I won't necessarily call it major change in events however if other changes take place such as more pain or more flow happen (or skipping months for that matter), then you should alert your physician to check out your pubertal hormones namely your LH/FSH/prolactin and androgens in addition to your thyroid ...Read more
I have small amount of facial hair on upper lip, past period cycles were 36, 32, 37, 36, 31, 28, 37. Could this suggest PCOS? No birth control&normal weight
Don't know why: Reasons for missed/late periods: low body weight, obesity, marked weight ^ or v, over-exercise, endurance athletics, breast-feeding, ^ stress, illness, eating disorders (bulimia or anorexia), anovulatory cycle (no egg released), travel, hormone irregularities, drug use, meds (i.e., birth control) or medical problems. #1 reason is pregnancy. ...Read more
PCP/Gyn: Having long periods may be a normal variant for you since I don't know what is your regular pattern however you shoud visit your PCP/Gynecologist to evaluate causes for long periods such as fibroid, endometrial thickning includying other cause that coud be serious and should be checked immediately. ...Read more
Really, only birth control pills (or ring or Mirena (levonorgestrel) iucd), can shorten periods.
Some say that taking nsaids can shorten and lighten periods, but I don't find that works as a rule. Lysteda is a new drug in the usa that is approved for lightening up heavy periods--you take it for up to 5 days---expensive! (but non-hormonal! ...Read more
Light Period: The main reason for light periods is a change in hormone levels. Causes for what seems to be a light period can include: implantation bleeding in early pregnancy, thyroid problems, eating disorders, excessive exercise, initial periods for a girl, use of an intrauterine device, oral contraceptives ; perimenopause. ...Read more