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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 may 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 provide important insight into factors central to the 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), 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 thickening 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 is usually around 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.

Menstrual cycle infographic shady grove fertility
Normal menstrual cycle
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
 Less than 21 days
Ovulation Indicator: Ovulation may not have occurred or occurred earlier than normal
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. Alternatively, a short cycle could indicate that ovulation is not occurring. 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
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
 More than 7 days
Ovulation Indicator: It is possible 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 may not be occuring
What does a Lack of Menstruation tell your Doctor? Either ovulation is not occurring or there is something blocking blood flow. The patient will 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 stop having a cycle. 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. Also, any of the hormonal imbalances that can cause irregular cycles can also stop the cycles completely.

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.

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. 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.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2014 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness as of March 2019.


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  1. DEE

    March 18, 2019 - 7:08 am

    Can I ask for help? Please don’t judge me. I am 17, started having sex with my boyfriend when I was 16. I am in regular menstruation period, 25-26 days. But there is one time it became 19 days then back to 26 days. This month, yesterday actually, there’s a spot on me and then today, it became more. But yesterday is the 17th day from my last first day of menstruation, March 1. Today 18th, is my 18th day also. Supposedly 25-27 is the arrival of my menstruation. We had a sexual intercourse on March 11. I was shocked yesterday because of the stain in my panty. I don’t know what it is. I am not assuming for pregnancy. But it is coming to my mind. Is it possible guys? Or do you know any reason for this? Thank you so much for your great help!

  2. Celine

    February 13, 2019 - 5:31 am

    This is very helpful.
    I am 18, and lately my menstrual bleeding has been 4-5 weeks long. I became very anemic, and when I did talk to my doctor he put me on birth control… I have been questioning the problem if I might have a high chance of being infertal. My periods have always been regular, since I was about 11. So I am just questioning a lot about these prolonged bleeding periods, which are insanely heavy, every time I stand up it feels like I’m peeing…

    • Sophie

      March 13, 2019 - 7:10 am

      Hi Céline, i would really recommend reading Woman Code by Alissa Vitti. I think it will really help you. Xx

  3. Aly

    February 5, 2019 - 5:24 pm

    Hi.. I’m 24 years old and my concern is my short period. Until I was teen my period it used to last for normally 4 to 5days but soon I stepped in 2o’s my length of period has shorten every year. Now I bleed hardly for two days but it has same date of every month without being missed. What should I do now.?? this will going to effect my conception in future?

    • Shady Grove Fertility

      February 22, 2019 - 7:50 pm

      Hi Aly, if you are concerned about your period, talk to your physician. There are many different factors that can go into the change in your period. Click here to read our Menstrual Cycle FAQ, which includes information about if your period is normal.

    • AH

      March 7, 2019 - 9:28 pm

      Hi ALY.. exactly happened with me.. but after reaches i conclude that it is normal.. if you have any info about this matter kindly share with me.

  4. Lizzy Lang

    February 5, 2019 - 11:42 am

    Hi. I’m 27 and have been trying to conceive for 5 months. My cycle is exactly 30 days and hasn’t been late since I’ve gotton off the pill 5 months ago. I’ve been using opks and BBT to try and determine when I ovulate for the past 2 monts. But I haven’t gotten a positive opk once or a BBT spike even though I’ve been tracking both everyday. Any advice as to what might be happening?

    • Shady Grove Fertility

      February 22, 2019 - 7:30 pm

      Hi Lizzy, we usually don’t recommend anyone under the age of 35 to see a fertility specialist until they have been #TTC for a year. If you are wondering when the right time to see a fertility specialist is, you can learn more here or call 1-877-971-7755.

  5. Jenifer

    February 1, 2019 - 12:23 pm

    Hello my menustral cycle is not regular sometimes 30 days and sometimes 28 days so I fail to know when am able to conceive but I really want to get pregnant. Is taking clomid necessary in this case

    • Shady Grove Fertility

      February 22, 2019 - 7:41 pm

      Hi Jenifer, depending on your age and how long you have been #TTC, the best thing you can do is contact a fertility specialist to get your fertility tested. Seeing a specialist will help determine if there is an underlying issue and is the best way to get you the right answer. If you are in DC, MD, VA, PA, GA or Fl feel free to call 1-877-971-7755 or click here to schedule an appointment with one of our fertility specialists.

  6. Prime Assignment

    February 1, 2019 - 9:49 am

    The pill suppresses the ovulation process, or at least, that’s what it’s supposed to do, so yes. Any time you’re on the pill, you’re changing your ovulation. That’s how it keeps you from getting pregnant.

  7. Lulu

    January 28, 2019 - 6:38 am

    I’m 27 years old and I’ve been having very irregular periods lately. Last cycle was 40 days, ones prior 37, 35. Should I be concerned n see a doctor because it’s never been this long. I’ve also never been sexually active, not sure if that makes a difference

    • Shady Grove Fertility

      January 31, 2019 - 8:45 pm

      Hi Lulu, without knowing your medical history or coming in for a consult, we can’t advise you on what is or isn’t normal. The best way to get answers is to make an appointment with your ob/gyn. We hope this helps!

  8. Cherita

    January 25, 2019 - 1:56 am

    Hi I am looking for some advice. I am wondering if I need to be worried , at the age of 20 I still hadn’t gotten my period.I decided to go to my doctor we did blood test and a pelvic scan he confirmed that I have PCOS and crystals on my left side so he said that I would likely never have children with out medical help he wanted to start me on birth control to help get my hormones right so that I can hopefully get my first period, with much thought and research I decided that I would not take his advice . It’s been 2 years know since I last saw my doctor I have not take any medication to help with the PCOS but I started my first period in Nov 2018 I was really surprised but thought nothing of it thinking maby it was only this one time becuase the doctor said it was highly unlikely for me to get a period with out help from the birth control medication but any way the period lasted for about 5 days, now shipping to the 12 of January 2019 44 days after my first period I get one again it last for 4 day but the first 2 days was hell really bad cramps and I was sleeping all the time with heavy bleeding the first 2 days . My question know is should I be concerned about this, should I go back to the doctor or should I just wait and watch? I don’t have a mother to talk to about this stuff and it would be awkward asking my dad so any advice I would really appreciate it

    • Shady Grove Fertility

      February 22, 2019 - 7:44 pm

      Hi there, sorry to hear about the pain and confusion. If you are in pain and concerned, you should call your physician because they are the best person to give you answers. Good luck!

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    January 17, 2019 - 4:59 pm

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  10. Rupa

    January 16, 2019 - 11:50 pm

    Hi, Thanks for great article. Seeking for an advice! I am 29, have 19 months old kid. My cycle is 30 days but Last three months onwards the bleeding time extended to 7 days (very very low in last 3 days) before it was 5 days. I have PCOS and thyroid problems before I conceive first time. Is that really matters now for conceiving second baby.

    • Shady Grove Fertility

      January 23, 2019 - 3:42 pm

      Hi Rupa, I’m sorry to hear about your #TTC trouble. We have many educational resources about PCOS and trying to get pregnant with PCOS, which you can find here. If you would like to speak with a fertility specialist about treatment options for patients with PCOS, please call 888-971-7755.

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  14. Sana

    November 23, 2018 - 2:10 am

    Hi, I’m 34 years old my cycle is about 32 days my last period was the 18 November started the first two days just spotting and the third day medium and the four day heavy then stopped and usually my period last 5-6 days and I have been trying for about 5 month to get pregnant and no success what to do

    • Shady Grove Fertility

      December 11, 2018 - 2:24 pm

      Hi Sana, we recommend that if you are under the age of 35 and have been trying for at least a year without success, to come and see a fertility specialist. If you would like to speak to a member of our team for more information about trying to conceive or meeting with a fertility specialist, please call 1-877-971-7755.

  15. MPHO

    October 23, 2018 - 8:47 am


    • Shady Grove Fertility

      October 24, 2018 - 3:35 pm

      Hi, please call 1-888-761-1967 with your question. Thank you.

  16. Sophie

    October 23, 2018 - 4:04 am

    My period is never regular. I started when I was 13 and my average length was 17 day periods. I went on birth control because the shortest period I had was 14 days the longest being 19 and it was a constant heavy flow. I stopped birth control around 14-15 I’m currently 17. My cycle length is always 32-40 and I just had my period from 10/8-10/12 I’m currently concerned because it’s only been 14 days and I just started bleeding. I’m not sure the reason but it’s very unusual.

  17. Megan

    October 16, 2018 - 4:53 pm

    I’ve been bleeding for more than 7 days which is abnormal and I don’t know what causes it. I’m 15

    • Shady Grove Fertility

      October 24, 2018 - 3:43 pm

      Hi there,
      Your body may still be regulating. I would consult your OBGYN with any questions.

    • Cleopatra

      November 24, 2018 - 12:19 pm

      Your uterus lining must be building up thickly then.

  18. Ebony

    October 12, 2018 - 9:37 pm

    Hello- seeking advice! I am 29, I have never been pregnant, and as of today, have only had 2 partners I could have gotten pregnant with. The 1 relationship lasted 10 years, neither of us have kids. there was a medical record stating he was infertile, so I did not check my fertility. My current spouse (3 years), has kids, and we have been trying since December 2017, no luck. My periods are overall normal, but this month (September) it has lasted really long. My period have been 4-5 days consistently, and starting around the beginning of the month,. It started a few days before August ended (should have been around 9/4), and is still going. It has been 16 days of a very light period. I have no other serious symptoms, no pain. But this prolonged period and long period of TTC is worrying me. I must admit, I do have a LOT of stress, and this year I’ve been making changes to reduce stress, but still no baby, and now possibly prolonged periods.

    • Shady Grove Fertility

      November 6, 2018 - 2:20 pm

      Hi Ebony,
      Here at SGF, we encourage anyone who is younger than 35 and has been TTC for a year, to schedule an appointment with one of our physicians. Meeting with a fertility specialist has a lot of benefits, but most importantly, you will get the answers you are looking for. If you would like to learn more, or schedule an appointment, call 1-877-971-7755.

  19. Ammara Tariq

    October 8, 2018 - 2:49 am

    I had periods on 16th August and then 6th September,18 and on Sept 19, my day 21 test was scheduled as according to August timing, the periods were suppose to start on 16th September.
    Anyways, I had the test and my progesterone level was 0.6. Have an appointment next week but I am confused whether the result was correct or not because of the periods as I know that the level is less than 1 in beginning days of cycle. Help!! TIA

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      October 18, 2018 - 4:37 am

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  20. Leanna

    September 24, 2018 - 6:03 pm

    Is there any truth in an individual being more fertile in a particular month? I’ve conceived both pregnancies in October. One being successful at age 23 in 2006 and another unsuccessful in Oct 2017 at 35. About to be 36 in Nov. Normally have a 28 cycle. Last two months have been 22. If I count correctly which I think I have it puts my Oct period starting on Oct 16, which is the day (on or around) the time I conceived last year. Needless to say we’ve been trying for a year since the miscarriage and have been unsuccessful.

    • Shady Grove Fertility

      September 25, 2018 - 1:05 pm

      Hi Leanna, we recommend that if you’re 35-40 and have been trying to conceive for 6 months, but have been unsuccessful, you should consult a fertility specialist. If you would like to learn more, click here. If you would like to speak to someone, please call 1-888-761-1967.

      • Gianna

        September 26, 2018 - 10:49 pm

        Im 16 I have been having my period for five years I have Had Irregular periods but on June 30th my period started and it lasted for nine days i have always had seven day periods and my next cycle lasted for nine days as well both cycles have been late….HELP

        • Shady Grove Fertility

          October 8, 2018 - 4:39 pm

          Hi Gianna,

          There are many different factors that could be the cause of your longer periods. You should schedule an appointment with your gynecologist or primary care physician and he/she should be able to help.

  21. hadiza

    September 16, 2018 - 4:42 pm

    I am 25 yrs old my last cycle end in 17august 2018, i expect my last cycle on 11 September 2018 but I didn’t see my cycle now is 36 days is dat normal and I don’t have any sex.

    • Shady Grove Fertility

      September 24, 2018 - 2:00 pm

      Hi there, sometimes cycles can randomly be different for a variety of reasons. If your cycles continue to be abnormal and you are trying to conceive, please call 1-888-761-1967.

  22. M.E

    September 3, 2018 - 9:55 pm

    I’m a little worried, I’ll be 29 September 23 2018. My period has always been regular, but my worry is my period usually is 28days menstrual cycle but for the past 3-4months now I’ve been getting it 25, 26 or 27days although its the normal 3-4days flow. I know its crazy to ask but should I be worried of menopause at this age? And I forgot to add, I’m not on any birth control method except condoms, I’m not married yet plus I don’t have sex regularly maybe 1or2 times a month and I ovulate normally too, I know this because I use the Flo app that helps with period.
    I need help here.
    Thank you.

    • Shady Grove Fertility

      September 25, 2018 - 12:57 pm

      Hi M.E., there are many reasons why women may have a slight variation in the cycle interval and generally this is considered normal as long as the cycle stays within the normal interval of 21-35 days. If you are worried about your ovarian reserve and the possibility of early menopause, ask your obgyn to measure your AMH level. AMH is the most sensitive marker of your ovarian reserve. If it is normal, you are not going into early menopause. If the level is not detectable, then your reserve has declined and you will go into early menopause.

      • Jay

        September 30, 2018 - 6:20 pm

        I am 31 years old and my last period was on September 13th and lasted until September 21st. I had unprotected sex on the 22nd, 24th, and 29th. I am trying to conceive. What day did I ovulate and could I possibly be pregnant having sex on those dates? Please let me know. I would like to have my last child before I tie my tubes.

        • Shady Grove Fertility

          October 8, 2018 - 4:44 pm

          Hi Jay,

          Your ovulation depends on how long your entire cycle is as well. If you are having trouble tracking your ovulation, there are kits that can help assist and tell you when the best dates to try to conceive would be. If you have been trying, with no birth control at all, for longer than 12 months, then you should contact a fertility specialist. If you have any other questions please call 1-888-761-1967.

  23. Dinsha

    August 27, 2018 - 11:15 pm

    I am 28 years old, I had a normal cycle of 28days , but past 3-4 months, I get my periods in 25-26 days cycle period.. Is it normal? Or is it because of the gym that I have joined past 3 to 4 months now? Please suggest.

    • Shady Grove Fertility

      September 24, 2018 - 4:21 pm

      Hi Danisha, your new workout regimen may have something to do with your period cycle shortening. If you are concerned with the cycle, or if it completely goes away, consult with your ob/gyn. If you are trying to conceive and having trouble because of your periods, please call 1-888-761-1967.

  24. Tea

    August 26, 2018 - 10:30 am

    Hi I am only 14 but I went from having a regular cycle for almost a year and a half to only having it every 45 days. Does this mean anything bad?

    • Shady Grove Fertility

      September 24, 2018 - 4:38 pm

      Hi, a lot of factors could have resulted in this change. I would consult an ob/gyn and talk to them about any lifestyle changes that have occurred.

  25. claire oliveros

    July 28, 2018 - 2:24 am

    I’m 18 years old.. i had 1 daughter and in june 2018 i still got period for about 1 week but then i got non in july .. i got intercouse in july 15 is it possible that I’m pregnant ? I’m afraid to take a PT.

    • Shady Grove Fertility

      July 31, 2018 - 1:52 pm

      If you think you may be pregnant, take a pregnancy test or consult your ob/gyn for a test.

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    April 4, 2018 - 1:48 pm

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  27. Anna

    March 1, 2018 - 9:30 am

    I am 16 years old. Starting on November 12th 2017, my cycle lasted 50 days. My period finally started on January 1st 2018. My next cycle lasted 53 days, period started on February 23rd. Neither of these periods lasted longer than usual and the flow was not heavier than usual, in fact, the last period the flow seemed a little bit lighter than usual.

    • Alexis

      April 1, 2018 - 5:48 pm

      I’m 16 too and I’m having the same problem. I got my period on December 2, 2017 and it only lasted for about 3-4 days, not heavy at all. I didn’t get it again until February 2, 2018. Again it was 3-4 days and not heavy. My next period started on April 1, 2018. I’m starting to get worried because my cycles have been around 58 days.

      • Amanda

        July 1, 2018 - 11:25 am

        Anna and Alexis your both still young. My cycle wasn’t regular until recently and I’m 28. (Had a baby at 21 and was on iud bc and didn’t have a period for 5 years after that) I would go from 15 day cycles with 5 day periods to missing the next two months and having an extremely low flow. Then back to 28 day cycles for 4 months. My issues were mostly due to stress which is extremely common in teenagers.. And sorry girls the stress doesn’t go away. But hopefully we learn to deal with it better.

        Best advice I can give u is, if your concerned. Seek medical help. Those of us online.. we can’t run blood tests or give u an exam. Find a doctor who makes u feel comfortable. And be honest with your concerns.

        Being a women isn’t easy. But it’s an experience not everyone gets. Be greatful for your health and treat your body with respect.

    • BARLEY

      June 29, 2018 - 12:43 pm

      Same here! I’m 22, nothing in my lifestyle has changed but my cycles have been averaging on over 50 days and my periods haven’t gotten heavier but lighter, over the past 8 months or so. Very odd considering a few months after this started I had an accidental pregnancy (I was only 2 weeks along when I found out) so I have no idea how or why this is happening when my fertility levels don’t seem to have changed

  28. tina

    February 8, 2018 - 11:41 am

    i ll be 41 in August, my period has changed from 28days to 26days. have been trying to conceive for years now but to no avail. is it dat i cant get pregnant again unless God Intervain.

  29. joyce

    February 8, 2018 - 10:12 am

    hi, i am 19. i just need to know if i can get pregnant. my cycle is weird. on sept, oct, november my cycle was 26 days, on december is was 33 days and this january it was 39 days. my first day of menstruation was last January 18 until January 23. i cant tract my ovulation day because of my irregular cycle. i had sex with my boyfriend last january 30 . am i pregnant? please help

    • April

      April 12, 2018 - 2:53 pm

      My cycle is somewhat irregular (it varies between 28-33 days depending on the month). My doctor told me that regardless of the irregularity I will ovulate 14 days after the first day of my cycle. My cycle started July 4. We made multiple attempts July 16-21. I found out I was pregnant the first week of August. Irregular doesn’t mean impossible. Good luck.

  30. J

    January 24, 2018 - 1:20 am

    I am 32. I have had an eating disorder for over half my life, and I am currently trying to pull myself out of a relapse. I predictably lose my period whenever I get below a BMI of 19.5 or so, but I am confused because I haven’t lost it yet despite being on the low end of my normal weight range (BMI 18), with a relatively low body fat percentage. I have noticed, however; that my cycle has shortened in length from around 29 days to 25. Furthermore, I have always had a light period, but it has gone from being 5 days long, to less than 2, and it just looks.. different. I was attributing it to my eating and exercise habits, but recently, I’ve been concerned it could be related to fertility, as friends my age have struggled to conceive, and my mother experienced early menopause at the age of 40. I definitely want a family, and it is one of my biggest motivators for recovery, so I am scared that my eating disorder could be permanently affecting my fertility.

    Could shorter cycles/period be an indication of early menopause, or is it just a precursor to the “normal” anorexia-related amenorrhea? Has anyone else with an eating disorder experienced anything similar? Have you had difficulty conceiving?

    I know I should make an appt with my obgyn, but I’ve lost 20lbs in the past few months and I don’t want a lecture. (FWIW I am in outpatient treatment with a therapist and dietitian).

  31. Tina Yeung

    January 21, 2018 - 10:15 pm


    I’m 37, 1st time TTC for 13 mos. I have normal cycle (within 21-35 days) with normal AF of 5-7 days like clock work. This year it’s changed: July was 41 days, and Oct had bleeding twice in 1 cycle. Oct 8 for 6 days then Oct 22nd for 5 days, then back to normal menstrual regular cycle the following month.

    My Dr appt in Aug 2017 was my annual physical with normal result, no thyroid issues and got my blood work back. Nothing major just low on iron (normal range but on the lower side) which I have been taking prescriptions pills to bring my iron level higher.

    My first day of last cycle was on 12/17/17, I’m on CD36 today but has negative pregnancy result. Should I be worried or am I prego but my HCG is not strong enough for a BFP results? Yesterday after my walk with my dogs around 2pm I was sitting & watching tv. When I tried to get up, I felt woozy, which is uncommon for me. Also felt really lightheadness and unsteady. My body was heavy but head was light. Sat down and attempted to get within 5 mins, felt the same sensation. Then I lied down and got up for 3rd time after 10mins? I felt better but it was an odd experience but I was fine all day. This was all within 30 mins. We left our house and my fiance was driving, I notice the car ride felt weird. I felt like car motion sickness? Or unsteadiness? This has never happened to me because i drive alot. At the salon, I felt ligjt headed for a good 1/2 HR. Then no more odd feeling since then. Why did this happen?

    Why is my period changed from regular to irregular, because I’m trying so it changed? My lifestyle is not stressful, I work eat then sleep. I walk often because I have dogs (15m to an HR depending on the weather). Somewhat eat healthy.

    Can I please get an answer? I google and dissect every little thing that’s been happening to me. Much appreciated!

  32. Victoria

    November 13, 2017 - 1:25 am

    I’ve always had an irregular period. I never took the pill until I was married and was only on it for a year and a half when my husband and I decided we were ready to try for a little one. I’ve had two ovarian cysts back in high school, and it makes me wonder if it could have anything to do with the time it’s taking for us to conceive. We’ve been trying for 8 months now (which I know doesn’t compare to what many others couples must endure before they see the two little lines) and my periods are the same irregular, unexpected messes I’ve always known when I’m not on the pill. And if any of you are like me, this situation would only drive you to think that something is wrong or you’re just not doing something right. But endurance is all I have until a couple more months go by, and if we aren’t successful by the beginning of the year, I’ll be paying a visit to my OB-GYN for further guidance.

  33. Steph

    July 29, 2017 - 4:36 pm

    Thank you for a wonderful article! I am 31 and had the Mirena IUD removed 4 months ago. Since then I’ve had 3 periods, the first two were what i’d consider normal and about 5 days. This 3rd one has me a bit concerned though. It lasted 2 days and was practically nothing but clots. Is this something I should talk to my doctor about or monitor the next few months? I’ve never had a two day period and I’ve always had a 28-30 day cycle (this last cycle was still my normal 28 days). Any advice would be more than welcome.

  34. Rita

    July 17, 2017 - 4:39 pm

    I’m 32 year old women who just recently has had a irregular period I’ve had my period 3 times in the last month in a half first it was two weeks after my period and then it came a week later. I have it now and its a heavy one. Should I be concerned

  35. Camila Alberto

    June 26, 2017 - 3:56 am

    I am 19 years old. My period cycle is regular around 28 days. But my period lasts minimum 7 days. By the 7th day there’s little bleeding but there’s still bleeding. Is this normal? Most people I know only have their period from 3-5 days.

  36. Charlotte

    June 20, 2017 - 12:07 am

    I only get my cycle every two months, does that mean I’m not as fertile? I’m just concerned

    • Shady Grove Fertility

      June 20, 2017 - 12:46 pm

      Hi Charlotte – If you have a longer cycle, it doesn’t necessarily mean you are infertile, but would make planning a pregnancy more challenging as pinpointing the time of ovulation would be more difficult. If you are currently trying to conceive, and would like to speak with one of our physicians, and get tested to see if you are ovulating, please call 1-877-971-7755. Or you can request an appointment at: https://www.shadygrovefertility.com/appointment

  37. Sophia

    June 13, 2017 - 8:31 am

    I’m 18. For the last five months my cycle has reduced from 28 days to 19… I get my period twice a month… Should I be worried?

    • Shady Grove Fertility

      June 13, 2017 - 12:35 pm

      Hi Sophia – While there could be various causes when it comes to changes to your cycle, the first step should be to talk with your gynecologist. He or she should be able to help explain the cause of the change and advise on next steps. If you are currently trying to conceive however, it would be advised to speak directly with a fertility specialist assess the situation and provide guidance for conception. Please connect with one of our new patient liaisons by calling 1-877-971-7755 or submit an online appointment request. https://www.shadygrovefertility.com/appointment


    June 2, 2017 - 3:54 pm

    Hi! I am 38 years old, and recently had a miscarriage in February. After the bleeding stopped, my periods were regularly 28 days…now this month, it seems my period started today at only cycle day 19? Is something wrong? I really want to have a baby with my husband, and the doctor’s said because I got pregnant before we should be good, but I’m concerned! Anyone else have something like this happen and then end up getting pregnant soon after?

  39. Fredericka

    May 23, 2017 - 12:47 pm

    Am 37years, in February, i have my period on the 3rd, and on March i have my period on the 3rd, April i have my period on the 28th and May i have my period today the 23rd. Please can someone tell me if am having regular period and if am ovulating. Am worried, because i want to get pregnant

  40. prisca

    May 6, 2017 - 5:39 am

    i often start my circle after 23days but on april, i started after 21 days.. I had normal menstrual circles (which lasted for 5days) but this month(may) i havent seen my periods and the days have passed so am worried, should i be pregnant?? Or i am changing circles???

  41. RDM

    March 16, 2017 - 3:34 am

    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?

  42. Bella

    February 23, 2017 - 6:51 am

    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.

  43. Bella

    February 12, 2017 - 7:51 am

    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.

  44. Joy Espiritu

    February 4, 2017 - 8:34 am

    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?

  45. Surbhi Sharma

    January 26, 2017 - 8:32 am

    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

  46. Nadia

    January 25, 2017 - 6:08 am

    I’m 16 and I get my period every other month, I also have an enlarged thyroid, does that mean I’m infertile?

  47. Arlene

    January 24, 2017 - 1:35 pm

    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…

  48. Sana

    January 24, 2017 - 6:29 am

    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 ?

  49. Sana

    January 24, 2017 - 6:26 am

    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 ?

  50. Lisa

    January 21, 2017 - 4:58 pm

    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.

  51. Diana M Good

    January 18, 2017 - 9:28 pm

    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!

  52. Jamie Lee ❤

    January 6, 2017 - 5:09 am

    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.

  53. Dayana

    January 4, 2017 - 9:55 pm

    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. katie

    December 8, 2016 - 2:13 pm

    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.

  55. Vani

    November 30, 2016 - 2:52 pm

    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?

  56. Nisha

    November 30, 2016 - 10:18 am


    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?

  57. susan

    November 30, 2016 - 9:38 am

    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

  58. Ciello

    November 24, 2016 - 10:53 am

    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.

  59. AMIRA

    November 21, 2016 - 11:40 am

    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?

  60. Sheila

    November 4, 2016 - 3:07 pm

    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?

  61. Mireia

    November 2, 2016 - 8:36 pm

    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!

  62. Hannah

    October 25, 2016 - 2:09 pm

    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?

  63. Curious

    October 4, 2016 - 9:50 am

    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?

  64. Lizeth

    September 28, 2016 - 3:30 am

    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

  65. Erin

    September 9, 2016 - 6:48 am

    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?

  66. Dee

    September 4, 2016 - 7:04 am

    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?

  67. Jessica

    September 1, 2016 - 3:33 am

    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.

  68. S.Christy

    August 24, 2016 - 4:53 am

    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?

  69. Tay

    August 10, 2016 - 10:12 pm

    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?

  70. amber hayes

    July 30, 2016 - 12:23 am

    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?

  71. amber hayes

    July 30, 2016 - 12:17 am

    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?

  72. Judy

    July 15, 2016 - 8:53 pm

    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?

  73. Maame

    July 5, 2016 - 2:27 pm

    i experience an irregular menstrual flow, and my boobs are very tiny but I’m 25 years. what could be wrong ?

  74. amy

    June 26, 2016 - 8:16 am

    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

  75. Ashley Grant

    June 24, 2016 - 2:58 pm

    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?

  76. Deepa

    June 21, 2016 - 6:18 am

    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?

  77. Neha

    June 15, 2016 - 9:03 pm

    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..

  78. Celena

    June 15, 2016 - 5:02 am

    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

      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?

  79. Emma

    June 11, 2016 - 1:25 am

    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?

  80. Amy

    May 22, 2016 - 2:46 pm

    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?

  81. Megs

    April 26, 2016 - 4:18 pm

    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

      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.

  82. ylona

    April 21, 2016 - 12:09 pm

    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

  83. Gina

    April 17, 2016 - 2:47 am

    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????

  84. Christy

    April 8, 2016 - 11:41 am

    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?

  85. Yasmeenah

    April 8, 2016 - 2:25 am

    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

      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

        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.

      • Des

        April 29, 2017 - 4:12 pm

        If my brother in law is correct (he doesn’t want my sister on birth control for this reason), birth control has a side effect that even after stop using them you might not be able to have kids. While they don’t plan to have any soon, they do want them so aren’t taking them.

    • fkolibri

      May 9, 2016 - 6:44 pm

      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.

  86. Isabelle

    March 12, 2016 - 3:09 pm

    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

      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

        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

        Isabelle, have you seen or spoken to your OBGYN about this, yet?

      • jane

        January 21, 2017 - 5:05 pm

        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

      Don’t stress doll. Your body is still developing. You may not become regular until your late teens :)

  87. Gina

    March 10, 2016 - 11:21 pm

    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

      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

        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.

        • Amber

          October 4, 2017 - 2:48 am

          The “brownish” discharge is mostly likely due to “old blood” that did not completely pass from your last cycle. This can be due to a progesterone deficiency. Also with the shorter period. If this concerns you, consult your ob/gyno (Obstetrician/gynecologist).

  88. Chelsea

    March 7, 2016 - 5:01 am

    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?

  89. Megan

    February 24, 2016 - 4:10 am

    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

      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.

  90. Kayla

    February 22, 2016 - 8:58 am

    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.

  91. ziphezinhle

    February 18, 2016 - 4:47 am

    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

  92. mandy

    February 16, 2016 - 8:32 pm

    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

  93. Tameem

    February 16, 2016 - 5:19 am

    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

      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.

      • Amber

        October 4, 2017 - 2:40 am

        A shorter period might be due to lower progesterone levels than in previous years. Talk to your gynecologist if you have concerns.

  94. katelyn

    January 28, 2016 - 7:05 pm

    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

      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

  95. naina

    January 25, 2016 - 7:54 am

    I am 29.5 years old. My menstrual cycle is of 35 – 37 days every time regularly. Is it normal?

  96. shaffy

    January 20, 2016 - 5:14 am

    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?

  97. Issabella

    December 29, 2015 - 11:23 pm

    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

      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

        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

        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

          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.

          Mother of teenage daughters :)

        • Diana Myers

          February 16, 2017 - 2:15 am

          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

      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.

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