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What Does Your Menstrual Cycle Say About Your Fertility?

Dr. Beall discusses the menstrual cycleMedical Contribution by: Stephanie Beall, M.D., PhD

One of the most common questions OB/GYN’s have for their patients is “When was the first day of your last period?” The answer to this question begins to feel like part of the usual routine at your annual OB/GYN appointment. If you have been trying to conceive without success, the answer could open a window offering important insight into factors central to menstrual cycle and conception such as hormonal imbalances and ovulation.

What is a menstrual cycle?

Hint, it is more than just your period. The menstrual cycle is a series of changes a woman’s body goes through each month whereby the ovary releases an egg and the uterus prepares for pregnancy. The cycle can be divided into two phases: the follicular phase and the luteal phase.

The first day of your menses – or period – is day 1 of your cycle and the start of the follicular phase. During this phase, follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), a female sex hormone, is released from the brain to stimulate the development of a single dominant follicle which contains one egg. During its maturation, the follicle releases estrogen which stimulates the growth of the uterine lining. The follicular phase concludes at the start of ovulation. The length of this phase may vary, resulting in most variations of total cycle length.

The luteal phase starts with ovulation and continues until the onset of menses. During this phase, the ovary releases progesterone which matures the uterine lining and prepares it for the implantation of an embryo. If pregnancy does not occur, the progesterone level drops and bleeding occurs. The luteal phase averages 14 days.

Does the length of a menstrual cycle matter?

The length of a menstrual cycle is determined by the number of days from the first day of bleeding to the start of the next menses. The length of your cycle, while not on any form of birth control, can be a key indicator to hormonal imbalances and whether or not ovulation is occurring in a regular manner. Hormonal imbalances can affect if and when ovulation occurs during your cycle. Without ovulation, pregnancy cannot occur.

Normal menstrual cycle

Days: 21 to 35 days
Ovulation Indicator: Regular cycles indicate that ovulation has occurred
What Do Normal Cycles Tell Your Doctor? Cycles of a normal length suggest regular ovulation and that all of the sex hormones are balanced to support natural conception.

Short menstrual cycle

Days: Less than 21 days
Ovulation Indicator: It is likely ovulation has not occurred
What Do Short Cycles Tell Your Doctor? Shortened cycles can be an indication that the ovaries contain fewer eggs and that menopause may be approaching. If blood work confirms this to be the case, natural conception can be more difficult.
What Causes a Shorter Cycle? As a woman grows older, her menstrual cycle shortens. As the number of eggs available in the ovary decrease, the brain releases more follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) to stimulate the ovaries to develop a follicle. This results in earlier development of the follicle and earlier ovulation and therefore shortened cycles In addition, sometimes bleeding can occur even when ovulation does not occur, and this may appear as shortened cycles.

Long or irregular menstrual cycle

Days: More than 35 days
Ovulation Indicator: Ovulation is either not occurring or occurring irregularly
What Do Longer Cycles Tell Your Doctor? Longer cycles are an indicator that ovulation is not occurring or at least not in a regular manner which can make conception difficult.
What Causes Long Menstrual Cycles? Longer cycles are caused by a lack of regular ovulation. During a normal cycle, it is the fall of progesterone that brings upon bleeding. If a follicle does not mature and ovulate, progesterone is never released and the lining of the uterus continues to build in response to estrogen. Eventually, the lining gets so thick that it becomes unstable and like a tower of blocks, eventually falls and bleeding occurs. This bleeding can be unpredictable, and oftentimes very heavy and lasting a prolonged period of time.
There are many causes of anovulation, the medical term used to describe when ovaries do not release mature eggs on a regular basis. Irregularities with the thyroid gland or elevations of the hormone prolactin can disrupt the brain’s ability to communicate with the ovary and result in anovulation. In addition, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), a syndrome caused by imbalanced sex hormones, can also cause failed ovulation. Not only do these hormonal imbalances lead to problems with ovulation and therefore fertility, but they may also increase the risk of miscarriage.

When menstrual bleeding lasts more than 5-7 days

Days: More than 7 days
Ovulation Indicator: It is likely that ovulation has not occurred
What Do Longer Cycles Tell Your Doctor? Prolonged bleeding tells your doctor that either ovulation is not occurring regularly, there may be something disrupting the lining of the uterus, or there is a problem forming blood clots.
What Causes Long Periods of Bleeding? There are many causes of prolonged bleeding, for example, if ovulation is not occurring regularly, irregular bleeding and prolonged bleeding can occur. Intermenstrual bleeding or prolonged bleeding may be caused by polyps, fibroids, cancer or infection within the uterus or cervix. In these situations, should an embryo enter the uterus, implantation can be compromised resulting in lower pregnancy rates or an increased chance of a miscarriage. Although rare, a problem with blood clotting can also cause prolonged bleeding and this requires evaluation and care by a specialist.

What if I never menstruate?

Days: Rarely or Never
Ovulation Indicator: Ovulation is not occurring
What does a Lack of Menstruation tell your Doctor? Ovulation is not occurring and the patient will likely have difficultly conceiving naturally without intervention.
What Causes Cycles to Stop Occurring? When a woman does not have a period, this can be caused by a failure to ovulate. It is common in women who are considered underweight by the body mass index (BMI) standards to also stop having a cycle completely. The body requires a certain level of body fat for reproduction and menstrual cycles to occur, and many women who are able to gain weight will see the return of their cycle. Learn about hypothalamic amenorrhea.

Weight is not the only cause to consider. There are several other causes that should be evaluated as well. If a woman has never had menstrual bleeding, there may have been a problem with the normal development of the uterus or the vagina. If a woman had menstrual cycles previously, but then stopped, this could be due to a problem with the uterus itself, like scar tissue inside the cavity, or may be due to premature menopause. If the uterus has not formed or if menopause has occurred, pregnancy is not possible. If the absence of menses is due to scar tissue inside the uterus, then this scar tissue will need to be removed as it can interfere with implantation.

Any woman less than 35 years of age with normal cycles who has not gotten pregnant after a year of trying should see an infertility specialist. If you are 35 or older with a normal menstrual cycle and have been trying for 6 months without success, you should seek care as well. Normal menstruation indicates that you are ovulating; however, there are other reasons why you may not be able to get pregnant, and these should also be evaluated. If you do not have a normal monthly menses, no matter the amount of time you have been trying to conceive, you should be evaluated by a specialist. Irregular or no ovulation makes conception very difficult without intervention.

For more information about your menstrual cycle or to schedule an appointment with one of our physicians, please speak with one of our New Patient Liaisons at 1-877-971-7755.

94 Comments

  1. Issabella

    December 29, 2015 - 11:23 pm
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    I used to have 28 days cycle length until October /November when it changed to 23.I had my last menstrual on the 22nd of November, which started on the 18th of the same month. But up till now, being the 3 7th day of my last cycle, am yet to see my menstrual, Please, how do I go about this? Bcos am getting married very soon. Don’t wanna have a problem with conceiving.

    • Sarah

      January 13, 2016 - 3:19 am
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      Cycles sometime shift slightly for different reasons. Sometimes, they adjust if you are living with other women to sync to their cycles. Other times it just happens naturally with the changes in your body, especially if you’re a younger or older bride. If you are really concerned, there is no harm in contacting your doctor but if there are no other clear symptoms you should be okay.

      • Kate M

        January 24, 2017 - 1:37 am
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        A women’s cycle can be delayed oresponse change based on diet, sometimes when you’re close to another friend the cycles can change to be in unison with another female’so cycle, also if you had a high stress situation – a car accident, a loss of a job, most definitely weddings can bring out the stress so try to relax and enjoy you and your future husband’s day of celebration. Exhale, it will all work itself out. Congratulations!!

      • Laura

        February 7, 2017 - 4:29 pm
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        My period has been super heavy black blood with huge clogs. Ecpecially when I wake up, usually making a mess. I have awful stabbing cramps and losing weight. My cycle has been shortened from 28 to 25, to 21, now my most recent cycle was shockingly 20. I fear there is something wrong and I’m only 13. Everytime I search what’s wrong it’s always menopause. I can’t think of that. I don’t know what’s wrong.

        • Julie

          February 9, 2017 - 1:26 pm
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          Laura,
          Teenagers tend to have irregular periods and they range in heaviness. I would not be alarmed. It is always good to see an OB if you are still worried though.

          Warmest,
          Mother of teenage daughters :)

        • Diana Myers

          February 16, 2017 - 2:15 am
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          I went thru something similar when I was 13, until you are 21 , it is normal to have irregular and very heavy bleeding/cramps. I went on the birth control pills and within 3 months, everything was normal.

    • Bb

      December 21, 2016 - 7:47 pm
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      You stated you’re getting married soon, so possibilities that it’s stress is a high probability. Stress (which includes disruptions in sleep patterns, meal timing, wedding planning etc.) can disrupt regular hormone levels.

  2. shaffy

    January 20, 2016 - 5:14 am
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    I am 27 years old…most of the time, my menstrual cycle is very short, just around 18-20 days..i have seen the doctor and conducted blood test to check my hormones..the doctor said i do ovulate normally..but i am still curious, what actually cause my cycle to be really short?

  3. naina

    January 25, 2016 - 7:54 am
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    I am 29.5 years old. My menstrual cycle is of 35 – 37 days every time regularly. Is it normal?

  4. I am 25 years old I am getting cycle with in 22 days I am getting confused please tell me the problem and I am going to married u don't want to get disturbed for my conceive please tell.me

    January 27, 2016 - 1:57 am
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    Please suggest me

  5. katelyn

    January 28, 2016 - 7:05 pm
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    I just turned 35 in December I’m getting a tubal ligation reversal in April I’ve had normal 28 days apart. Until December when I turn 35 it was 30 days and I still have yet to have a period in January and that was due on this Monday does that mean I’m not ovulating. I had labs done in September at the end that stated I am still ovulating.

    • kn

      April 29, 2016 - 3:09 pm
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      I have a question about tubal ligation did you have any side effects or any hormonal problems I’m thinking about having it done I’m 28 two kids

      • Cs

        May 18, 2016 - 4:00 am
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        I had it done with no side effects

  6. Thinzar

    February 10, 2016 - 5:56 am
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    I used 3 month injection for 4 years and combined pill for 3 years after I had delivered my son. After I stopped, my cycle length is changed to 26 day cycle compared to 28 day in single time. Period is regular and I noticed some pre ovulation signs but not sure ovulated or not. Now 1 year already I cannot get conceive.
    Pls some suggestions.
    Thank you

  7. Tameem

    February 16, 2016 - 5:19 am
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    Im 25 Years of age (unmarried) My periods are regular but extremely short one day or maximum 2 days.its so since 5-6 Years earlier it used to be 5-7 Days what can b da causes???should i see a doctor???

    • Bambina

      January 28, 2017 - 2:50 pm
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      Its the same for me. I used to have a longer period 5-7 days 3-4 years ago. But now its shorter 3 days average. Im 32 yrs old by the way. I’m also wondering what could be the problem.

  8. mandy

    February 16, 2016 - 8:32 pm
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    39yo have normal 28DC , had an irregular period jan 15 , 7 days but very light, 2 weeks later had brown spotting for 2 weeks, had a transvaginal US on 2/9 showed mature follicule and then started period on the 12th when expected. What could be going on? Help plz

  9. ziphezinhle

    February 18, 2016 - 4:47 am
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    I had an PID infection and I was treated for it but when I try to have sex I don’t fall pregnant are there chances that I can be infertile….the length of my periods is 5 days…and I get blood clots during my periods

  10. Kayla

    February 22, 2016 - 8:58 am
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    Im 21 years old and have a 14-16 day cycle regularly, it’s been exactly the same since I started my period at age 9. My husband and I have been trying to conceive for 2 years with no luck because (while I’ve always assumed) we were told I’m not ovulating but have plenty of eggs. Im unresponsive to Clomid. I’m just so confused as to why my cycles are so short, it’s so frustrating.

  11. Megan

    February 24, 2016 - 4:10 am
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    I am 16 and I have been on the same period for 14 days in a row. This is not common for me. Every time I have had my period it has been on time and has lasted 5-7 days. This is starting to make me very worried and I don’t really know what to do. I don’t feel comfortable discussing this with my parents so I would like to get answers on my own but I have had any luck. Please help!

    • Summer

      February 25, 2016 - 1:31 pm
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      You need to talk with your mother and make an appointment to see a gynecologist just make sure everything is ok. i know it can be uncomfortable talking about that kind of stuff, but remember your mother has had to deal with period stuff too. I promise you will feel so much better once you do talk to her and get everything checked out.

  12. Chelsea

    March 7, 2016 - 5:01 am
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    Hi, I had a miscarriage at 6 weeks pregnant at the end of January. I got my first period since then about 3 weeks ago and it lasted 14 days. I’m trying to conceive this cycle but not having any luck so far. Is this because my ovulation was compromised due to my prolonged period?

  13. Gina

    March 10, 2016 - 11:21 pm
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    I’m 19, have a regular cycle and it usually lasted 5-7 days without breaks, recently I’ve started having a two day break in between. As of now my periods have only been lasting 2-3 days and I’m having brownish discharge afterwards which looks like it may just be some left over blood that didn’t come out during my period. Should I be worried about this or is it normal, I’m really worried that something might be wrong. Me and my boyfriend/soon to be husband really want kids.

    • Nikki

      October 4, 2016 - 1:50 am
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      Ive been going through the same thing except I am 30 and my period only lasts 1-3 days and are very light. My OBGYN told me not to worry about it as I am a small person but I am beginning to think this is not normal.

      You are not the only one in this boat!

      • Bambina

        January 28, 2017 - 2:55 pm
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        Same with me. Im on my 30’s too. Though i’m not small. I’ m average. I used to have 5-7 days period. However 3 yrs ago i noticed my period only last for 3 days. Only 1-2 days a bit heavy. On the 3rd day its very light and will be gone before the days end. Then afterwards i will have a brownish discharge. This will either occur a day before or after my period.

  14. Isabelle

    March 12, 2016 - 3:09 pm
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    I’m 12, and there are only 18- 20 days between my period. Is there something wrong with me?

    • Isabelle

      March 18, 2016 - 2:31 am
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      Ok, this is getting extra freaky. Now there are only 9 days in between my period, PLEASE HELP!!

      • Menea

        March 19, 2016 - 3:17 pm
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        When I was 12 (I’m 18 now) I had my period every other week. Got my period on a friday, it stopped the next friday, and the friday after that I got my period again. I was too shy to talk about it, and as a result I lost a lot of blood (my periods were heavy as well) and had so little iron left in my body that I had to go to the doctor to get help. My short menstrual cycle of 14 days continued for about a year and a half. My cycle is now around 21 days and my period lasts for 3-4 days (and my period is now light).
        So for me it worked out by itself. But- if I could go back in time I would tell my 12 year old self to talk to my mom/doctor about my period struggles. There are birth control pills that can control your period, and that is something that really would have helped me!

      • Shady Grove Fertility

        March 29, 2016 - 1:59 pm
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        Isabelle, have you seen or spoken to your OBGYN about this, yet?

      • jane

        January 21, 2017 - 5:05 pm
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        Relax! You are only 12. You are still growing. Alot of girls around the world haven’t even started their periods yet at 12. You won’t get normal until you are older. DO NOT go on medications at this tender age! I didn’t get my first period until I was 14 years old. ( Due to eating very healthy – non GMO’s) and it took me awhile about 5 years to get normalized. You worry if you are over 16 and never had a period. Let your body run its course for awhile. You aren’t a 20 year old woman yet….to worry about irregular periods.

    • Elle

      February 5, 2017 - 8:58 am
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      Don’t stress doll. Your body is still developing. You may not become regular until your late teens :)

  15. Yasmeenah

    April 8, 2016 - 2:25 am
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    I never knew trying to get pregnant could be so hard. I’ve been ttc (trying to conceive) for about 5 months and every month failed. My cycle length is never the same (28 day cycle). My cycles
    -December .16, 2015 (25 length)
    -January 9, 2016 (33 length)
    -February 10, 2016 (29 length)
    -March 9, 2016 (27 length) I’ve called my doctor the week I thought I would be ovulating and she told me that was my week so me and my fiance had sex almost that whole week. Now we’re in April and AF (aunt flow) arrived on the 4th. I’m look at the apps I have and the internet for when I might ovulate for this month and everything says the 17th. Can you help me figure out when I might be ovulating so I can get on the road to motherhood,

    • Katy

      April 12, 2016 - 6:05 pm
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      Hi Yasmeenah, I have had similar issues with my menstrual cycle being all over the place. I was on the bc pill for almost 15 years. I just got off of it in December, and my cycles have been 27 days, 32 days, 36 days, and just now my last one was 44 days. My Doctor told me she wasn’t worried about the first 3, but the last one that was the longest was unusual or concerning. She said it could just be a random fluke cycle and hopes that it returns to less days next month. Otherwise it would maybe be difficult for me to conceive. I thought just because it would be hard to track when I’m ovulating but I think it’s also because it could mean my hormones are imbalanced. I am hoping next month it’s normal. I also want to have a baby very soon. USE THE APP – CLUE, it’s very helpful, and it’s easy to use, and it adjusts the next month once you enter all your data, it averages everything. it’s great.

      • Ley

        October 24, 2016 - 11:35 am
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        Thank you for the CLUE mentioning. Had no idea, was trying to make sense of my pre-meno cycle change. I’m 38. Started early I think as consequence of great mental and often physical stress for almost a decade ( single mum of 2 without documents, working black and constantly in fear of deportation ). Once things settled in my life:papers, house, cash; my body collapsed. Every I’ll and ache I didn’t feel for years came at once. First continuous bleedings spotting, then frequent , 10-14 days apart periods.After 6 weeks in a row of medium bleeding I ended up anemic, that called for hormone therapy ( pill). Luckily just after 2 cures of 10 days my periods stabilised to 32 days; I never had regular cycles before kids either; but got very used to the comfort of such. This summer, every following period came 2 days sooner; eventually stopping at 28day cycle regularly for 3 past months. My fear of pre-meno dissolved with stable periods ; and gyn’s announcement I had “plenty healthy and fertile eggs”. Yet, my new husband and I had been active for almost a year, and no pregnancy occurred. He is fertile, so am I, yet nothing. Compatibility was an issue with my 1st hubby too; got pregnant after 2.5 years together; never protected, always active. So ovulation+loving sex+ healthy semen don’t always cause pregnancy. I got pregnant with first two at times of terrible cycles and mental exhaustion.; stress and hard work. There is still so much not understood in conception process despite volumes I read online. And that is frustrating. At least CLUE just gave me one less thing to have too figure out. Thank you.

    • fkolibri

      May 9, 2016 - 6:44 pm
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      Hi jasminaah, I have same irregular periods which can last sometimes until 40 days. I have 2 kids and they were both conceived at day 10 of my cycle. So my suggestion is to go for the days just after you menstrual bleeding stopped. I hope it will work for you, too.

  16. Christy

    April 8, 2016 - 11:41 am
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    My period is pretty regular, every 25-27 days and lasts about 5-6 days. But this month it came after 29 days and I’m on my 7th day (spotting but still). Does that impact my ovulation this month? We’re ttc and near the one year mark and I’m getting nervous. Any insight? Is this considered regular?

  17. Gina

    April 17, 2016 - 2:47 am
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    My bleeding last more than 7 days it’s heavy for 4-5 and is bright then for 20 or more days is not heavy and dark. Should I be worries????

  18. ylona

    April 21, 2016 - 12:09 pm
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    im so irregular .. like 3-4 months after another.. im 15 years old.. im not pregnant and I know that Im irregular .. my first menstruation takes 5 days and my next menstruation to happen take almost 1 year with 5days long… what im i gonna do.. please help thanks

  19. Megs

    April 26, 2016 - 4:18 pm
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    I am 23 years old and I started my first period when I was 13. I have never had a regular cycle, unless I was on birth control, which made it a 28 day cycle. It’s always a week or 2 past the 28 days for a normal cycle. Sometimes, I am not even if I am ovulating especially given the irregular periods. I have always had a hard time telling. Has anyone else experienced something like this? I’m afraid if I do not when I am ovulating and my periods have not been regular, I could have infertility issues. The last time I was checked, the DR tried to tell me it was normal, but I am still paranoid.

    • Māhea

      November 7, 2016 - 9:43 pm
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      I am also 23 years old, and I too have the SAME problem and worries as you. I too took birth control to have regular periods, but stopped because I didn’t want my body become dependent on them. I’ve been off of birth control for nearly 4 years and I still have irregular cycles.

      I am so worried if I have fertility issues, but my DR always tells me my irregular cycles are normal. But I am still paranoid.

      Also, in the event I do get pregnant, I am worried that I won’t know for a long time, because I have such irregular periods.

      I recently downloaded a period tracker app to help monitor my cycle. Maybe you too can try this? Idk if it’ll be any use, because I only tracked my last two periods.

  20. Hanna

    May 14, 2016 - 7:39 am
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    Hi, I’m only 14 but I’m just wondering. Does the amount of blood during period affect pregnancy in the future? Like if you bleed very little or a lot will it make the risk of miscarriage bigger? Just curios:)

  21. Hanna

    May 14, 2016 - 7:40 am
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    Hi, I’m only 14 but I’m just wondering. Does the amount of blood during period affect pregnancy in the future? Like if you bleed very little or a lot will it make the risk of miscarriage bigger? Just curios :)

  22. Amy

    May 22, 2016 - 2:46 pm
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    Hi, I’m planning on having children soon and I was wondering if I am less fertile because my periods are about 30 days apart and I only bleed for two days and it is extremely light. After that it is just spotty for two more days (I only have to wear a panty liner). My period has been this way since I was 14 (when I first got my period). Does this make me less fertile? Is it an issue I need to talk about with my OBGYN?

  23. Emma

    June 11, 2016 - 1:25 am
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    I’m a teen and my periods are still irregular. But I have been on my period for two weeks now. What should I do?

  24. Celena

    June 15, 2016 - 5:02 am
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    Hi, I’m 30 years old my son is 4 years old. I have hypothyroidism and i take medication. I also had the gastric bypass surgery to try and lose weight to get pregnant. My son will be 5 in January. Me and my husband have been trying since September 2015 for a child. With no success. I was on the depo shot for 3 years. I’ve been having a normal menstrual cycle since February. But the bleeding only lays 3 days tops. We really want more children but to no success. Any advice or help?

    • Alicia

      September 11, 2016 - 1:19 pm
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      Celena
      I’m 38 and TTC as well. I also have hypothyroidism. Been trying for almost a year. I see this is an old post. Any luck yet?

  25. Neha

    June 15, 2016 - 9:03 pm
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    Hi. I am 34 years. I have a 4 yr son. I use to have regular periods with 28 days cycle. However since last november I m trying to conceive but nothing has happened and its june now. And since the time i have stated planing my preiods have gonev irregular..28, 27, 30, 31 days… i was not on birthcontrol ever. Please advise..

  26. Deepa

    June 21, 2016 - 6:18 am
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    My periods have been erratic for last some years. There have been times when I started chumming in as less as 15 days. I am 28 years old, and this has been going on for last 3-4 years. My last period was after 19 days of the previous one and since then I have not menstruated for about 40 days. Should I be concerned? About 2 years ago I had some tests done and therein it came that my fertility was really low. Are these symptoms of early menopause?

  27. Ashley Grant

    June 24, 2016 - 2:58 pm
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    I am 19 years old. I’m still a virgin and for as long as I can remember my periods have been irregular by coming a week or two late . Recently, I have noticed that it can be 2 -3 months before I start my cycle again. I am starting to get worried , my mother says that I will grow a beard if it doesn’t come… am I getting menopause?

  28. amy

    June 26, 2016 - 8:16 am
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    Hi I just want to ask if I can get pregnant or not I am a little concerned about my future I am 17 I only menstruate for 2 days I do not know what to do please help me i do want to have the joy of giving birth please give me some advice

  29. Maame

    July 5, 2016 - 2:27 pm
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    i experience an irregular menstrual flow, and my boobs are very tiny but I’m 25 years. what could be wrong ?

  30. Judy

    July 15, 2016 - 8:53 pm
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    hi, I am only 19, I started getting my period when I was ten. I have had it twice in every month for as long as I can remember. My cycle used to be between 21-26 days, but as I grew older it has been between 16-20 days. I always get severe pains on top of this. What may be the problem?

  31. amber hayes

    July 30, 2016 - 12:17 am
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    I am 35 yrs old and I have a normal 28 day cycle. I have experienced every early pregnancy symptom known to man , most of which can be chalked up to PMS except the hemmorroids and the lower blood pressure. Symptoms started about a week after my period ended. Around ovulation. Two days before my period is due I start spotting for three days. Hpt still negative. Idk what’s going on. Any insight anyone?

  32. amber hayes

    July 30, 2016 - 12:23 am
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    I am 35 yrs old and I have a normal 28 day cycle. I have experienced every early pregnancy symptom known to man , most of which can be chalked up to PMS except the hemmorroids and the lower blood pressure. Not to mention they started way early. Normally i dont even get pms, but if i do its the week before my menses start then abruptly stop the day it starts. Symptoms started about a week after my period ended. Around ovulation. Two days before my period is due I start spotting for three days. Hpt still negative. Idk what’s going on. Any insight anyone?

  33. Tay

    August 10, 2016 - 10:12 pm
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    Hello. I am 23 years old. I used to have periods all over the place, but for the past 7 months or so, it has becone very regular. Unfortunately, I have been getting my period every two weeks. My thyroid was tested recently and TSH was 1.94. I have also gained weight. I am 5’7 and weigh 210 lbs. (I am also a 40DDD though, so I carry a lot of my weight there.) My primary doctor didn’t seem to think it was a problem. Should I be concerned?

  34. S.Christy

    August 24, 2016 - 4:53 am
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    I’m 22 year’s of age, 58kg, 160cm tall, eat a well balanced diet and exercise daily. I have been told my my gynecologist that I have Endometriosis and PCOS is it possible to be diagnosed with both?. For the past 4 months I have been bleeding heavily with unbearable pain. What do you think it may be from?

  35. Brownruby

    August 27, 2016 - 3:09 pm
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    When I was 35 my husband pased away. For about 6 months my cycle was coming every 2 weeks due to the stress. I used to have a 28 day cycle. Now at 39 its consistently a 21 day cycle. I thought I would’ve gone back to my regular cycles by now. Could I be approaching peri menopause?

  36. Jessica

    September 1, 2016 - 3:33 am
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    I’m 24 and have always had irregular periods. Always lasted 3-5 days and would be from spotting to light. This month I’ve been really thrown off because I began my period 8/18 and I’m still currently on it. It seems to be getting heavier every day. The only things I have changed are not eating takeout and I have inter course(3 days before period) once in about 3 months. There was no possibility of me being pregnant. I have never been on birth control. I’m a bit in shock and not sure what’s going on.

  37. Dee

    September 4, 2016 - 7:04 am
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    I am 36 and my periods last 7days but I can’t predict my cycle because it changes month to month from 21 days and my longest wait has been 35 days – is the cycle abnormal?

  38. Erin

    September 9, 2016 - 6:48 am
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    Hi. I’m 22 year old white small girl.
    I’ve always noticed that my period has been irregular but this last year after stopping birth control has been extremely weird. Sometimes I don’t get my period for months. When I do it’s like a day or two and I don’t bleed much. It’s also always brown. I can’t remember a time in my life where I was ever regular. As long as I can remember it would be very random (long time I between) and very short. I’m afraid That whenever I want a baby I won’t be able to conceive. What do I do?

  39. Hamari Debbarma

    September 16, 2016 - 1:44 am
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    Hello. I am 20 years old and I have been going through irregular periods from the past two months. The blood flow is very light, and my period cycle were also irregular. Suggest me What do I do?

  40. charishma

    September 16, 2016 - 9:22 am
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    Hi, I am 22 years old I am getting my periods within 20 days can I get pregnency now or else how would I get pregnency

  41. priya

    September 21, 2016 - 6:25 pm
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    hey hi,
    my mentural cycle started when i was 15,Since that day till now once i get my periods bleeding will not stop it will continue for 35-40 days,some times i need to take tablets to stop it.i am now 26,m getting married,is there any problem for conceiving?
    please reply.

  42. Lizeth

    September 28, 2016 - 3:30 am
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    I use to have irregular cycles now I get them regularly im 27 and I’ve never been pregnant I want to conceive I was with my ex 10 yrs but he was infertile now im with someone else how do I know if I can get pregnant he’s had kids before what do I do

  43. Curious

    October 4, 2016 - 9:50 am
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    Hi, 41 and just wondering what I’m facing. I had a normal pregnancy 22 years ago, and 2 1/2 years ago lost a child to Trisomy 18 at 5 months gestation. Six months later I had a double ectopic pregnancy, after which the doctor told me the embryos were 3 weeks apart in age…one in each tube. I lost my left tube and part of my right. My cycles are the same except they’ve begun to get closer together 28, to 26, 25, and the last one i had came at 21 days. Ideas?

  44. Hannah

    October 25, 2016 - 2:09 pm
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    My husband and I have been trying to get pregnant since March with no success. But my length between periods are between 37-42 (it changes every time). My period itself is fine, about 4 days.
    Everything says I should wait a year before going to see my doctor. But if it’s that long should I go now?

  45. Mireia

    November 2, 2016 - 8:36 pm
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    Hello!
    I’m currently 16 years old and I’ve been having my period since I was 12. I never had regular cycles and my mom told me that it was normal at he beginning. Now I’m using Clue and I realized I have my period every 54 (more or less) days. I once had it like a normal person (28 days) but it was shorter than any other and didn’t hurt. But when I have my “normal period” (54 days), I bleed heavily and it hurts a lot (there’re days that I can barely walk).
    So, should I goo and see a doctor or just let it go? I don’t know if I should wait for it to become regular on it’s own, because of my age.
    Also, I’d like to know if the pain and the heavy bleeding is normal, since it only happens when my cycle is 54 days (every cycle the days change, it can be 52, 54, 56, 58, but normally it’s only two months of difference between one period and another)
    Thank you for your amazing article, I understood everything! Have a nice day!

  46. Sheila

    November 4, 2016 - 3:07 pm
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    Hi, I am 25 and married for 3 years now. I usually get my periods by 24-25 days, is this normal? We have been trying to conceive since last 1.5 years, let me know if its normal to wait more or shall I consult a Gynecologist?

  47. AMIRA

    November 21, 2016 - 11:40 am
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    I am a sixteen-year-old girl and my cycle is usually 20 or 21 days. Should I be worried? Should I go see a doctor? My friends of the same age are typically on their period at the same time with me… Will our cycles lengthen?

  48. Ciello

    November 24, 2016 - 10:53 am
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    I am 24 years old, single. I usually have 28-32 days cycle but this month of October I am already on my 36th day of my cycle but I am still not menstruating. Any idea on what is the reason behind this or are there already serious implications because based on what I read, a normal menstrual cycle is only 28-35 days.

  49. susan

    November 30, 2016 - 9:38 am
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    i have been on ttc for the last 6 months and my period have been
    Cycle Started Cycle End Date Cycle Length
    May 28, 2016 June 23, 2016 27 days
    June 24, 2016 July 22, 2016 29 days
    July 23, 2016 August 20, 2016 29 days
    August 21, 2016 September 21, 2016 32 days
    September 22, 2016 October 17, 2016 26 days
    October 18, 2016 November 18, 2016 32 days

    am wondering what could be the problem

  50. Nisha

    November 30, 2016 - 10:18 am
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    Hello,

    I am 25 years old. I used to have my periods regularly and my menstrual cycle use to take place every 28 days. But this time I am late for more than 5 days. I have not been through yet. I am virgin. Still how long will it take?? I am worried..!!

    I have gone through normal medication this month for dry cough.. Is that the reason for the late periods…??

    Will I have any problem in future for this delay?

  51. Vani

    November 30, 2016 - 2:52 pm
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    I’m now 27 years,my period irregular, length of period some time 32 or 35,how can I measure my ovulation date?my last mensuration date 2016/11/10,when I get ovulation egg?

  52. katie

    December 8, 2016 - 2:13 pm
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    I am currently 20 years old. I had my son in march and got one depo shot in april. My period was irregular after I got the shot but then it started to go back to normal, lasting about 7 days. I was on blood thinners the last three months of my pregnancy and six weeks postpartum for a blood clot in my leg. I started my period on thanksgiving and this is the thirteenth day I have been on it. Instead of getting lighter as what should have been the end of my menstral cycle approached, it is instead getting heavier as time goes on. I am getting a little worried, as I don’t know what could be causing this.

  53. Dayana

    January 4, 2017 - 9:55 pm
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    My cycle for the last 6 months has been consistently been between 36 to 34 days(mainly 36), I’m 15. Should I be worried?

  54. Jamie Lee ❤

    January 6, 2017 - 5:09 am
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    Hello, I am 36 years old; white female. I noticed that my periods are between 30-35 days which is abnormal for me considering I’ve always had normal periods throughout my life. I have two children that are 17 and 14. I don’t plan on making anymore children at this time but concerned that I might have a hormone problem? I feel all the signs and symptoms of getting my period such as bloating, cramps, headaches, agitation, fatigue and cravings.. which feels like the symptoms last for weeks before actually getting my period. Every time I see my OB-GYN I get told that everything is normal and never had an abnormal PAP Smear.. What should I Be looking for when asking my doctor more questions!! I have tried and feel as if they don’t listen to my symptoms accordingly.. please let me know your thoughts it’s very much appreciated.

  55. Amy

    January 11, 2017 - 7:28 pm
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    I am 21 years old. My periods have always been irregular, so I have never kept track of them until recently. My cycle is on average about 56 days long. My doctor is out of state, and scheduling appointments it too much of a hassle if I do not absolutely HAVE to see a doctor. Is this something I should be worried about?

  56. Diana M Good

    January 18, 2017 - 9:28 pm
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    I am 33 years old turning 34 in May of this year. I just recently had a tubal reversal 12/10/2016 after 12 years of my tubes being clamped. My tubes were clamped with Filshie clamps in the isthmus portion of the tube and the surgeon said they actually went together better than he expected. Before my tubal reversal my cycles were sometimes more than 30 days. Since the reversal I have had 2 normal periods but they were 24 and 25 day menstrual cycles. Is this normal for them to change after a reversal? Is this going to affect our trying to conceive in a negative way? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated Thank you!

  57. Lisa

    January 21, 2017 - 4:58 pm
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    My body is the opposite of the women described by doctors, When I was 13.5 years old I started my first period. I used to be very irregular – I had a growth spurt so for 6 months I didn’t have a period and the next few ones when I was 14 – every year since then I had my period no more 4-6 times a year. I understood my body was changing during my teenage years. In my twenties 22-25 I had it every other month 6 times a month. From 26-34 I had it 4 times a month. At 35 years old I started to become very normal I got it EVERY SINGLE MONTH! On time too! My body Just became regular naturally – No pills, nothing. I eat healthier and lost weight 10 bls. Now I’m 39 and I get my period normally 12 times a year….its funny people keep saying you become more infertile as you age – well I was Infertile when I was in my 20’s now in my late thirties I became MORE FERTILE! I’m almost 40 with normal running periods which last 4 days sometimes 5. I think alot of it is due to the lack of pesticide free Organic Foods. I eat more fruits, dairy and veggies now (organic) I cut all the processed foods out . Honestly over 35 and finally normal periods? I never thought that would happen to me. Normal every month periods after 35.

  58. Sana

    January 24, 2017 - 6:26 am
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    Hi , after 40 days I got my periods. My cycle is 28days regular it’s happening 1st time to me .I thought I’m pregnant last 2 days I got brownish and pinkish discharge and today getting blood not so more just light am I still pregnant or its periods ?

  59. Sana

    January 24, 2017 - 6:29 am
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    Hi , im 30 years old and it’s happened 1st time with me.after 40 days I got my periods. My cycle is 28days regular it’s happening 1st time to me .I thought I’m pregnant last 2 days I got brownish and pinkish discharge and today getting blood not so more just light am I still pregnant or its periods ?

  60. Arlene

    January 24, 2017 - 1:35 pm
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    I am 41 years old and actively trying for second baby for last six months with no result. My periods are shorter and lighter than they used to be in my 20 \30 lasting 3_4 days but regular every month. I was all clear on my last gnaenocologist appointment nothing picked up….So now what’s the next step???? We have a daughter aged 4…

  61. Nadia

    January 25, 2017 - 6:08 am
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    I’m 16 and I get my period every other month, I also have an enlarged thyroid, does that mean I’m infertile?

  62. Surbhi Sharma

    January 26, 2017 - 8:32 am
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    Am 25 years of age. And am in my period cycle from last 28 days. My first day of period on 29th December and still going on. This is happened second time with me continuously. But my last cycle were over in 20 days. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. Genealogists said we have to examine and wait for next cycle. But I need to know what’s the matter it is? Please revert me

  63. Joy Espiritu

    February 4, 2017 - 8:34 am
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    I have a question. Pls reply.
    My last menstruation was dec 27-31 2016 and I my menstruation for the month of january didn’t came since i have a 28 days cycle most of the time. I’m 5 days delayed and Im worried because i took pills from October-November due to the advice of my nurse cousin because I’m having 2-3 days menstruation only most of the time thats why I am experiencing a pimple breakout, and I stopped using pills last December coz i find it so hassle. Is there any connection with my delayed period now? Im only 20 y.o. turning 21 this year. What should I do?

  64. Bella

    February 12, 2017 - 7:51 am
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    I’m 17, ever since I started having periods they’ve never been one right after the other. I started having my period at 10 or 11. I go between 2-4 months before having my next period. I’m concerned if I’ll be able to get pregnant ever. I really want to be able to have my own family.

  65. Anonymous

    February 14, 2017 - 8:03 pm
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    I used to have a heavy period and it has turned light, with little or no blood and I am only 12. My period came right on time, within the 30 day mark. When I first started, at age 11, It was always late, and now, it is on time but very light. Usually I have painful cramps, but now I haven’t had any cramps. Will I be infertile when i am older??

  66. Bella

    February 23, 2017 - 6:51 am
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    Hi, I’m corncerned about my period being healthy. I have always had very regular periods, it has always been 8 days long and a 21 day cycle. It is also extremely heavy (on heavy days I need to change a super tampon every hour) and I have severe pain which lasts for 9-10 days. Today I’ve taken three different types of pain medication and is barely working. I also have really big blood clots in my period (often up to an 3cm in diameter) which are really painful. It is quite hard to deal with at school when I have to change my tampon every hour (every class). The teachers really don’t understand, even the female teachers. I was in a 2 hour exam and needed to change my tampon but wasn’t allowed to. I even just straight up told the teacher I was on my period and it was really heavy. She just said I was being “disorganised” which made me really frustrated that I couldn’t just be a normal person. Apart from that, I’m also concerned because the days where I’m fertile are the last 4 days of my period. I’m worried that when I’m older I won’t be able to get pregnant. It’s all affecting me a lot because I’m basically spending half of my life feeling quite sick (9-10/21 days). Anyway, sorry for the long message but I just need some advice.

  67. RDM

    March 16, 2017 - 3:34 am
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    I got different cycles each month..like 30-35-31-31-31-30-29-35. Is this still normal? Im also trying to conceive for two months now. What shall I do?

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