Post # 1
I have learned so much already from reading your threads. I am at a loss as to what is wrong with me and so scared that I waited too long to TTC. I turned 35 in January and have had 28 day cycles for years. Since I turned 35, they have suddenly changed. First 30, then 22, now 12! I also am breaking out which never happens, ever. I started taking prenatals 3 months ago. I am normal weight, work out regularly. I was doing bbt chart but with the honeymoon, etc got off track. Has anyone experienced anything of this nature and been alright? Just too crazy this happens right at 35.
Any advice I would really appreciate.
Post # 3
Did you just get off BC? Maybe that’s why your cycle is screwy/acne problems!
Post # 4
If your date is right, you just got married. Preparing for a wedding is stressful! Your body probably has been reacting to that since January. It takes a while for life to return to normal after all of that excitement.
Post # 5
No, I went off in about November and was regular 2 to 3 times first. I have an insanely stressful job, but I guess I could be more stressed from the wedding? I think I will buy digital opt, the strips I have are confusing.
Post # 6
- Wedding: March 2014 - Narrawallee reserve/beach & Mollymook golf club
Let it go for a few more cycles, but I’d book an appointment with your GP after that just to discuss any concerns you may have.
Post # 7
Thank you. If I was 30 instead, I wouldn’t be freaking. The pressure is on!
Post # 8
@maiziekate: If you were on birth control for a long time your cycles were artificially 28 days. It can take a while after going off BCP for things to regulate themselves. I also had a couple normal length cycles right after going off the pill, then they went wonky (anywhere from 36-111 days). After about 6 months irregular cycles was enough for my GP to run basic blood tests/ultrasounds etc.
Post # 9
@maiziekate: I think it’s smart / prudent of you to be diligent about this since you’re 35 and the pressure is indeed on. My initial thoughts would be to check out the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility — it’s a great resource for learning about your cycles and potentially figuring out what’s going on. And also to go ahead and see your doctor to talk about some basic blood tests (for example, a simple thyroid test to make sure that’s not the issue). But, as others have said, most likely it’s stress or your cycles just being funny and everything will work itself out!
Post # 10
I swear this is going on with me. Always reguar. No biggy. Haven’t had breakouts in years. Now I’m a broke out mess and crampy a full week before it starts, my cycles run from 28-37 days. Ugh! I can’t figure it out. And It started around 36 for me.
Post # 11
@maiziekate: I had been on BCP for a LONG time and when I went off them, for the first few months (we weren’t TTCing) my cycles were regular and then all of the sudden they became very irregular (24 and 25 days, O-ing at day 14 which isn’t great) and are starting to become longer. Your body is just taking time to regulate but chatting with your Dr might help you. reading Taking Care of Your Fertility is another great suggestion.
Post # 12
@maiziekate: If you are actively TTC, book a “preconception appointment” with you gyne. They will run tests, give you some advise, and check your vaccinations. It may also “start the clock” so you can tell your MD, I’ve been trying for 2 months now with no positive results, the MD may only make you try for another 4 before allowing you to come back in for additional tests.
Additionally, you may want to check the ladies of your family (mom and grandma) to see how TTC worked for them and when they started menopause.
Good luck and try not to freak out! There was just a study reviewed in Slate that stress doesn’t hinder TTC or ovulation as much as we thought, but it just doesn’t feel good to live super stressed!
Post # 13
I would make an appointment with your OB/GYN just to talk about the changes. It can’t hurt to talk to a doctor about it and they could even run some basic blood tests to check your hormone levels. A 12 day cycle doesn’t seem right and I think after seeing a doctor, you will feel better that you are being active about seeking some answers.