Irregular periods…but normal?

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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3756 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

It’s so good that you’re being proactive, I wish I had been. It’s good that your cycles are close to normal, but also good that you are not taking “you’re fine” for an answer! Have you had your thyroid checked? The thyroid regulates hormones and your cycle driven by hormones so the two go hand in hand. A “normal” thyroid panel might also not be exactly normal for *you* either. I just had mine tested after a miscarriage in June and my level was 3.5 which is considered normal by my primary care physician’s standards (0.2-4.2 is the range, above 4.2 considered hypothyroid, below 0.2 considered hyperthyroid). But when I did some research, there is evidence that the normal range many endocrinologists are using now would be 0.2-3.0 – by this standard I’d be treated for hypothyroidism. I have a family history of hyopthyroidism and many symptoms, including the miscarriage.

Also I found that pregnant women should have a TSH level that is below TWO so I’m even further away from normal for someone that’s trying to get (and stay) pregnant. I’m annoyed at myself for not looking into this sooner, may have prevented the miscarriage, but trying not to dwell on that. So yeah, get it checked! It’s good that you don’t have physical symptoms or endo or PCOS too but worth having some ultrasounds/further testing done. They will push back but be your own advocate and get the tests you feel you need! Good luck with everything!!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I’ve had irregular periods my whole life. It’s the main reason I went on Birth Control, so that I could regulate them. When I went off of BC, I had 6 months of periods lasting between 24 and 60 days. DH and I were using other protection at that time because I wanted to wait until my cycles regulated before we started TTC.

My Dr. agreed to do bloodwork and an ultrasound, and found absolutely nothing wrong with me. The next month, we got our BFP and I’m now 33 weeks pregnant.

I would also highly recommend you start charting so you know if/when you ovulate. I found this information so helpful! Knowing if/when you ovulate is a big part of the battle when TTC.

I’d say have your Dr run some tests if they are willing to rule out any outside circumstances, but I just wanted to give you hope that irregular periods doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have lots of trouble conceiving.

 

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@aquarius_91:  Not only that but it can be directly related to miscarriage which is what I suspect happened to me. A lower functioning thyroid = lower levels of progesterone = pregnancy not thriving. Good luck with everything!! I definitely agree with @ExcitedScaredBee: as well, tracking your cycles can be really helpful!!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@aquarius_91: How long have your periods been alternating like this? When you ovulate, you either ovulate from your left or your right ovary (or very rarely both (twins)). So it sounds to me that you are regular, but maybe one of your ovaries has another cyst? Or, could just be that one of your ovaries is slower than the other. My lefty is slower than righty..lol. But, this is just my opinion based upon the regularity of alternation; I am not a doctor. I think the best thing you can do is not stress about it for now and keep charting. When you do start TTC and you have any concerns, ask your doctor again. Good luck!

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