Post # 1
It’s been 36 days and still no period, and it doesn’t even feel like anything is trying to happen down there. My boobs are huge and hurt like crazy but I’m not getting any cramping really, although I feel like anything can make me cry right now haha. I took 2 pregnancy tests just to be sure so I know it’s not that thank god, but I’m mostly just wondering what is up with my cycle?
This isn’t the first time it’s been super long. It seems like every other month it take me between 36-38 days to start my period. Also, I’m 24, in case that is relevant. I had a check up with my gyn a few months ago and she said there was some abnormal cells or something like that, but she wasn’t concerned and she said everything seemed fine other than my Ph needing a bit of help, so she gave me some pro-b and sent me on my way. I also do not take birth control pills because a blood clotting disorder runs in the family and my mother has it so it’s not worth the risk.
Also, I used to have really excrusiatingly painful periods. Like, so painful I had to go home from work because my vision would be going in and out, and I did pass out from it once… Now for the past few months they’ve been pretty easy, but very irregular. Not that I’m complaining that they’re a lot less painful now, but I’m really starting to wonder wtf my girls are up to.
Anyone else have really long cycles?
Post # 2
I’d suggest getting your thyroid tested (hyper-thyroidism can cause long cycles). I’d also suggest going back to your gyn just to be sure.. but if they did a cervical smear and everything was fine then I guess it’s just some weird phase you’re going through?
Post # 3
MrsRoberts52: I started having longer cycles the older I got (I’m now 34) and was diagnosed with PCOS. I dont’ miss periods (I have missed ONE ever)– but the cycles surely got longer.
I don’t have any of the “classic” PCOS symptoms like facial hair, or extra hair growth, nor do I have acne. But I do have cysts on my ovaries.
Post # 4
I’ve always been like this for as long as I can remeber. All my blood work is smack in the middle of the ‘normal’ range, and there’s no indication of anything wrong. My “normal” cycles are anywhere from 35 to 49 days, and occasionally as long as 2-3 months and I had never been on any type of medication. My doctor wasn’t worried, so I wasn’t, but maybe I should have been since we have been TTC unsuccessfully for over 2 years now. But my RE can’t pinpoint naything clinically wrong either since all labs and tests come back totally normal.
Post # 5
MrsRoberts52: I suggest getting your thyroid checked out. Before I knew I had hypothyroidism, I didn’t have my period for six months…and then got it for six months. Now, unless I’m on my meds and birth control, my period will just run amuck and never stop, or it will stop for months and months and months. However, HYPOthyroidism comes with other obnoxious symptoms: Have you recently gained an unholy amount of weight? Is your hair falling out? Is your skin dry? Are you always cold? If not, you could possibly have HYPERthyroidism. I’m not too familiar with those symptoms, but a family member has it and she lost a ton of weight.
At the very least, I’d ask your gyno to run a few tests. If you’re having very bad pain it could be something bad (endometriosis). Good luck!
Post # 6
MrsEME: MrsMeowton: Oh wow. I was avoiding webMD so I wouldn’t self-diagnose but now I’m freaked out anyway. haha
I was told that I might have endometriosis or cysts but nothing has been confirmed, and I haven’t had bad pain in months. I haven’t had any of the crazy symptoms either of you stated, but my mom had a thyroid problem and actually had her thyroid removed last year so I guess it wouldn’t hurt to get things looked at.
I can feel them thinking about having a period right now so I took some tylenol just in case I start getting cramps. Come on ovaries you can do this haha.
Guess I will be making an appointment tomorrow morning. Bleh.
Thank you for the info you guys!
Post # 7
pinkshoes: Just out of curiosity, have you ever had an ultrasound of your ovaries?
My bloodwork was slightly indicitive of PCOS– but almost normal. It was the one missed period, longer cycles and cysts on my ovaries that brought on the diagnosis. Was also told we might have trouble TTC– although that proved wrong when I got pregnant this spring- while my husband was pulling out!
As much as I don’t like a diagnosis of PCOS– I don’t have insulin resistance (at the moment at least)- which was just proven with my gestational diabetes test, and I don’t have the ucky hair growth. I’m not overweight, so to speak– my body is vastly different than it was before I had my son, and I’m not 100 pounds anymore and never will be.
Then again, not everyone with a PCOS diagnosis will have cysts on thier ovaries….
Post # 8
MrsEME: Yes, part of my initial check out was external and internal ultrasound. I’ve also gone through 3 IUI and IVF so I’ve had many many maaaaany u/s as part of monitoring and making sure I am ready to start medicated cycles.