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I'm 29, don't want baby now, want it in the future. My amh is 1.86, folllicle cnt 12. My period's lighter, shorter than before for months. Should I worry?

I'm 29, don't want baby now, want it in the future. My amh is 1.86, folllicle cnt 12. My period's lighter, shorter than before for months. Should I worry?

Okay for now: I'm not worried about your period being lighter/shorter. Your AMH and follicle count are what matter when it comes to your egg reserve. AMH of 1.86 is good but not great. If you're going to continue to delay childbearing then I would repeat the AMH level in one year. AMH of 1 or less is worrisome. If 1 or less then you should start actively trying to conceive. ...Read more

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Light Periods (Definition)

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Could jogging during my cycle make my period lighter or shorter?

Could jogging during my cycle make my period lighter or shorter?

Yes: Excessive exersise (esp. running) can lead to amenorrhea. If concerned see your ON-GYN physician Best of Luck. ...Read more

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I was wondering how can I make my period lighter and shorter naturally and effectively? Please help ASAP!! I am just tired of having heavy periods!!

I was wondering how can I make my period lighter and shorter naturally and effectively? Please help ASAP!! I am just tired of having heavy periods!!

Unfortunately....: This is not possible naturally with the exception of becoming pregnant. Hormonal therapy a la birth control pills can be very effective in controlling this problem. ...Read more

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Sore nipples, fatigue, nausea, fullness in abdomen, late period lighter and shorter than normal. Neg pregnancy test a week ago. Pregnant?

Sore nipples, fatigue, nausea, fullness in abdomen, late period lighter and shorter than normal. Neg pregnancy test a week ago. Pregnant?

Yes: You could be pregnant and the test has not had sufficient time in which to become positive. But many other things could be responsible for your symptoms. If they keep up and you are retested negatively, go see an ob/gyn. ...Read more

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My period is lighter and shorter then usual. What does this mean?

My period is lighter and shorter then usual. What does this mean?

Did u start the: Pill? Sometimes wt changes make a difference, otherwise no big deal, don't get pregnant, please. Gd luc. ...Read more

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My period is lighter and shorter than usual. I bled regularly the first and second day but now its just light. What is happening?

My period is lighter and shorter than usual. I bled regularly the first and second day but now its just light. What is happening?

Cycle changes: menstrual cycles can vary with age, time, hormonal fluctuations and medical issues. I suggest keeping a mensrual diary marking the start and stop of your cycle, spotting or cramping. In most cases, your symtoms are normal variations;however, when in doubt, get a pelvic exam. ...Read more

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My period is lighter and shorter than usual, I haven't had any other weird thing going on can my body be changing or is it something else?

My period is lighter and shorter than usual, I haven't had any other weird thing going on can my body be changing or is it something else?

Cycle variation: What you experience may just represent normal variation of the strength and length of your cycle, it's just that it hasn't happened to you before. There could be a permanent change in your cycle pattern going on, too. But if this is all there is, no reason to worry. ...Read more

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I just finished my period 4 days ago. Why are my areola's bigger and veiny? My period was lighter and shorter (2-4 days) and spotty. Help!?!

I just finished my period 4 days ago. Why are my areola's bigger and veiny? My period was lighter and shorter (2-4 days) and spotty. Help!?!

Possible: If your period was abnormal and you have been having unprotected intercourse, pregnancy is a possibility. To know for sure, do a pregnancy test and repeat it in 3-5 days if it is negative. If it is still negative, pregnancy is not the cause of your breast changes and it is unlikely that breast cancer would cause bilateral changes. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Period shorter & lighter this month. Negative pregnancy test; no unprotected sex. Came on time, but just different. Could I still be pregnant?

Period shorter & lighter this month. Negative pregnancy test; no unprotected sex. Came on time, but just different. Could I still be pregnant?

Unlikely: You may do a home pregnancy test and if it is negative repeat it in 7-10 days. Use first morning urine and follow the instructions for the test carefully. Menstrual irregularities are not uncommon and anovulatory cycle is a common cause. If you miss more than two periods it would be time to see your doctor. If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time. You may consider implanted contraceptive or an IUD.
Consult this site for more information on this topic.
http://www. Nichd. Nih. Gov/health/topics/menstruation/conditioninfo/Pages/causes. Aspx
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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My breast are sore, tender and larger, areola has increased in size. Period is lighter and shorter, feeling constipated what is this?

My breast are sore, tender and larger, areola has increased in size. Period is lighter and shorter, feeling constipated what is this?

Multiple things: If you think you might be pregnant check then check a home pregnancy test. They are cheap, reliable and available at any pharmacy. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) is a good over the counter medication for constipation. Breast pain can be hormonal, related to diet or weight gain. There are many options to obtain better menstrual cycle control. Schedule an Obgyn visit and discuss your options ...Read more

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Is it possible to be pregnant even if urine tests at home and in the doctor's office do not detect hcg? I had an abnormal period (shorter, lighter, stopping and starting) at the end of march, and since it began have been dizzy, nauseated, and bloated. Al

Is it possible to be pregnant even if urine tests at home and in the doctor's office do not detect hcg? I had an abnormal period (shorter, lighter, stopping and starting) at the end of march, and since it began have been dizzy, nauseated, and bloated. Al

Hello.: Hello. Often a physician orders a serum pregnancy test (blood). This can not only detect pregnancy but can also detect the amount of HCG in the blood (if is a quantitative test). A pregnancy test can fail to show positive if their isn't a high enough HCG level to trigger it. Standard home pregnancy tests are done at the time the woman misses her period or thereafter. There are also early home pregnancy tests which can be done sooner. However, if a week has passed since the possible missed period, and the pregnancy test still shows a negative, that is likely to be accurate. ...Read more

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What does it mean if your period became shorter and lighter. But you have negative test?

What does it mean if your period became shorter and lighter. But you have negative test?

Irregular Periods: You will probably never know this answer. Irregular periods are the most common reason for females to go to the Gynecologist. But, they usually spontaneously resume to normal and no 'reason' is determined. I do not know why you are so worked up about this. A Three day period is a period. ...Read more

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Please explain why is my period shorter and lighter?

Please explain why is my period shorter and lighter?

Light period: The main reason for light periods is change in hormone levels. Causes for what seems to be a light period can include: thyroid problems, eating disorders, excessive exercise, initial periods for a girl, use of an intrauterine device, oral contraceptives, perimenopause ; implantation bleeding in early pregnancy which rarely occurs. ...Read more

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Why is my period shorter and lighter? I need some advice.

Why is my period shorter and lighter? I need some advice.

OK: It is common for the nature of a woman's periods to change over time. If you are having regular, monthly periods then the fact that they are getting lighter is not a medical problem. You do not have to worry. ...Read more

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Does the Plan B pill supposed to cause your period to be lighter and shorter?

Does the Plan B pill supposed to cause your period to be lighter and shorter?

Expected disruption: Anyone having intercourse without birth control or condoms may get pregnant. If intercourse was within 72 hours you consider taking plan b. Ella (ulipristal acetate) is another brand that can be used up to 5 days after unprotected intercourse. Plan b is a high dose of birth control to disrupt the hormonal patterns to delay or prevent ovulation. Abnormal bleeding after is common. Check preg test in 10 days. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have no clots during your period? Also what would cause a period to be lighter and shorter for the past 5 months? I am only 18.

Is it normal to have no clots during your period? Also what would cause a period to be lighter and shorter for the past 5 months? I am only 18.

Yes: Many things can cause lighter, shorter menses including oral contraceptives, implants, medications, and conditions where the body is trying to conserve like anemia (low iron) and stress. ...Read more

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Lighter shorter period than normal pregnancy test negative, when to recheck?

Lighter shorter period than normal pregnancy test negative, when to recheck?

Check w missed: Period ; can repeat in a week. The main reason for light periods is a change in hormone levels. Causes for what seems to be a light period can include: thyroid problems, eating disorders, excessive exercise, initial periods for a girl, use of an intrauterine device, oral contraceptives, perimenopause ; implantation bleeding in early pregnancy which rarely occurs. ...Read more

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Can you be pregnant and get a lighter shorter period that lasts less than a day instead of having a completely missed period?

Can you be pregnant and get a lighter shorter period that lasts less than a day instead of having a completely missed period?

Yes: I have heard patients describe this happening to them. If you are worried you could be pregnant, take a home pregnancy test, they are fast and accurate. Good luck, . ...Read more

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Sex;feb 5, get my period feb 19-lighter and shorter than usual. March 22- short and light. This month no period so far am I pregnant?

Sex;feb 5, get my period feb 19-lighter and shorter than usual. March 22- short and light. This month no period so far am I pregnant?

Hard to guess: A urine pregnancy test, done correctly, gives a reliable result 3 weeks after sex (3 weeks after when conception might have occurred), or 1 week after missing a period. If done sooner, a positive result is likely real, but a negative result may be due to testing too soon, and thus lead to a repeat test. If a woman gets her normal regular period, then she is not pregnant, and a test is not needed. ...Read more

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Should I do a pregnancy test? After taking EllaOne two weeks ago, still having preg symptoms. Had a period, lighter than normal and short.

Should I do a pregnancy test? After taking EllaOne two weeks ago, still having preg symptoms. Had a period, lighter than normal and short.

Yes: Emergency contraception such as Plan B or ellaOne can alter the menstrual symptoms for the cycle in which it was taken, and sometimes the next cycle too. One should be sure to check a home pregnancy test about 3 weeks after sex, because ellaOne works most of the time, but not all the time. Alternatively, one could wait and if the next regular period is normal and on time, then no need to test. ...Read more

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Past 4 months what appears to be my period has been shorter&lighter than normal, I've taken several hpt all negative. Safe to assume I'm not pregnant?

Past 4 months what appears to be my period has been shorter&lighter than normal, I've taken several hpt all negative. Safe to assume I'm not pregnant?

See details: If you are confident you performed them correctly, then it is a safe assumption. If there is any doubt, let your GYN verify. Since you have noted a significant change in your cycle, I would see your GYN. I'm assuming you are not taking any hormonal medication. ...Read more

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Been on Camrese Lo for years. Every cycle, my period was shorter and lighter. I missed some pills this cycle, had some bleeding mid-month, now no period?

Been on Camrese Lo for years. Every cycle, my period was shorter and lighter. I missed some pills this cycle, had some bleeding mid-month, now no period?

Normal: Bleeding on Camrese Lo will be erratic and eventually you may not bleed until you skip some pills or stop your pills. If you had unprotected sex during the time you missed your pills, it will be safer to do a pregnancy test. ...Read more

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I quit smoking cold turkey 3-7-13. I had a slightly irregular period 2-3-13 (lighter, shorter). I haven't had a period since, negative hpt. Related?

I quit smoking cold turkey 3-7-13. I had a slightly irregular period 2-3-13 (lighter, shorter). I haven't had a period since, negative hpt. Related?

Maybe: There's no telling what will happen to the brain and its functions, including regulating the cycle, when a person stops smoking as you did. However, I could find nothing in the medical literature to support this, and perhaps you & your physician can seek the cause elsewhere if this persists. Mostly, I simply wanted to congratulate you. Stay physically fit and eat healthy; I bet the cycle resumes. ...Read more

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