Post # 1
I won’t be TTC for a few years yet, but I wanted to see if anyone else has this issue.
My periods have been irregular for as long as I can remember (I am 22.) But it’s kind of regularly irregular. For example, it usually goes four weeks, then six weeks, four weeks, six weeks between periods. And they all last the same length of time.
I have read that irregular periods are always a sign of some sort of problem, but when I asked the doc about it, she said if they happen within six weeks, they’re fine. She didn’t seem to think there was any issue.
Does anyone else have something similar that’s not endo or PCOS or something? I don’t have other symptoms really, except I once had a cyst removed and sometimes my cramps are bad.
Again, I won’t be TTC for a little while, but I’m trying to get everything sorted out well in advance.
Thanks for the help!
Post # 3
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
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 # 5
@jny1179: Thanks for the input! I got my thyroid checked in January, and they said it was normal. However, they didn’t tell me the level, but I do have the papers at home so I will have to take another look. I had no idea that could affect your cycles!
@ExcitedScaredBee: Glad to know it doesn’t make baby-making impossible! I actually just started charting last month. Again, it’s way in advance from when I TTC, but because mine are irregular it might take a little more time to really track it. Thank you for the hope! And 33 weeks?! How exciting!
Post # 6
@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
@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!